Lydiate ready for the Springboks

12th Jun 2014, 11:14

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Challenge ahead: Dan Lydiate

Challenge ahead: Dan Lydiate

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate was delighted to come through the clash against the Kings ahead of facing South Africa.

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate was delighted to come through the clash against the Kings ahead of facing South Africa.

Lydiate played a half in Port Elizabeth ahead of Wales two Tests this week against the Springboks.

With other back-row stars including Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric are absent from the tour through injury, putting the onus on Lydiate to deliver.

"It was a really good hit-up. I think it got better as the game went on," said Lydiate.

"There was about 40 minutes of ball in play time, so it was a good blow out for me. The boys really had a good workout.

"I was really pleased captaining the side for the first time and I was happy with how it went, getting the result."

Matthew Morgan was another Welsh player to stand out against the Kings, and is hoping to impress off the bench if the opportunity comes his way.

"To be honest, for now I am just happy to have played in the trial and to have played in this game against the Kings," said Morgan.

"Hopefully I have put my hand up for some sort of involvement on the bench. But whatever will be, will be. If I get picked, I get picked. If I don't, I don't. I am just happy to be a part of this tour.

"It is brilliant. I had a tear in my eye when we were running out. It is every little boy's dream to pull that Welsh jersey on and to do it is just the most amazing feeling.

"I could never have hoped to be here. My family are here to see me and all my mates have been texting me their support. It sounds like they are having one hell of a holiday but they are really pleased for me."