Wales: Josh Adams hopes for change in fortunes in Cape Town

Colin Newboult

Wales wing Josh Adams is looking to banish the memories of last year’s British and Irish Lions tour when they take on South Africa on Saturday.

The speedster started the final encounter for the Lions as the famous touring team narrowly went down 19-16 to the Springboks in the winner-takes-all clash in 2021.

All three Lions Tests took place at Cape Town Stadium, coincidently the venue for this weekend’s deciding international.

Better than last year

“Hopefully it goes a little bit better than last year,” Adams told reporters.

South Africa are a great team. They’ve shown that over the two Tests and it’s been close in both games. I’ve no doubt it will be exactly the same this weekend.

“It’s important to focus our minds on being the first team to come out here and win a Test series. That’s our sole goal as a squad.”

Last year’s Lions Tests took place in an empty Cape Town Stadium but it is set to be packed out for this weekend’s decider.

“It’s brilliant – having seen games played in South Africa over numerous years, whichever touring team comes out here, the stadiums are always rocking,” Adams said.

“They make a great atmosphere and Loftus (Versfeld) and Bloemfontein have been incredible. Hopefully we’ll have another big crowd in Cape Town and it can be a great day.”

Wales have not had too many attacking opportunities deep inside South African territory over the past two matches, but they have taken their chances when in the opposition half, including for Adams’ match-winner in the second Test.

One shot, one kill

“You have to be clinical against South Africa, especially when you get into their 22, you have to come away with as many points as you can,” the wing added.

“We were clinical. One shot, one kill, if you like.

“Our resolve to stay in the fight was good, our forwards kept chipping away, they didn’t rush anything, we didn’t lose patience and it was a well-worked try.”

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South Africa v Wales preview

Planet Rugby previews the series deciding third Test between South Africa and Wales at the Cape Town Stadium.