George North: Wales ‘in a really good place’ ahead of deciding Test against South Africa

Colin Newboult

Wales centurion George North is looking forward to their winner-takes-all clash against South Africa in Cape Town this weekend.

Wayne Pivac’s men levelled the three-Test series by overcoming the Springboks 13-12 in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Josh Adams’ late try, converted brilliantly by Gareth Anscombe, kept them alive and North is looking to build on that result.

Another gear to go

“The squad is in a really good place. We could feel a performance coming in our preparation,” he told

“We showed great character in digging in defensively. There are still some bits to tidy up on, but it was a big step forward from the first Test to the second, and I think there is another gear to go.

“This is why you play rugby at this level and put yourself through every minute of pain – it is to get yourself into a position to play in games like the one in Cape Town, and this is what it comes down to.

“The first game was a proper Test match, the second came down to one point and that has teed us up nicely for the third Test. I am sure Cape Town will be a brilliant experience.”

Wales and South Africa have been involved in two incredibly tight Tests, with the hosts edging to victory in the first match before the tourists got revenge at the weekend.

Cape Town Stadium is set to host the decider in what should be another tense and thrilling contest.

Improving discipline

North added: “We came out here in 2014 and didn’t do the job then, and facing the world champions on their own stamping ground is tough.

“The first Test set the standard for both teams. No backward steps were taken and the second Test felt even more on edge, as it should have done.

“We had a lot to tidy up with our discipline and penalty count. With a new squad it was always going to be a mixture of edgy rugby and feeling their way into the game of the Springboks.

“We felt rough after last week, especially with the way it finished, and to come out and get one back is brilliant. With one more game to go in Cape Town, it builds the excitement beautifully.”

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