Wales: Wayne Pivac looking to focus on the ‘good stuff’ that came from the Six Nations

Dylan Coetzee

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac wants to move beyond the heartbreaking loss to Italy in the final round of the Six Nations and focus on the good that came out of the competition.

Pundits and fans predict a challenging tour for Wales as they travel to South Africa to face the Springboks in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

Strong defence

Pivac is hoping to keep the Springboks to one try as they did against France, where they narrowly lost 13-9 to the eventual Six Nations champions.

“If we can hold South Africa to one try, as we did against France, then we would be pretty pleased,” Wales head coach Pivac said.

“There was some good stuff that came out of that Six Nations, let’s not forget that.

“What we need to do from a team perspective is focus on the good stuff we put out there, build on it and make sure we have that on a regular basis over 80 minutes week in, week out.

“That is the challenge for us. We know how well we can play when we put it together.

“We’ve got to make sure we do that from the first minute to the 80th to stand a chance in these Test matches. It is something we are talking about.

“Not only do we have to be prepared physically, but mentally as well. The right mindset to be able to stick to task for the full 80 minutes is going to be a big challenge.”

Wales have lost all 10 Tests played against the Springboks in South Africa and will know how well the South African side has performed in the United Rugby Championship.

“I think you have got to put it in perspective by looking at what works at club level and what works at Test level,” he added.

“When you are the world champions playing the best teams in the world, and being successful in a plan that is working for you, it would be mad to go too far away from that.

“I don’t expect there to be too much change, but obviously we are watching what is coming out of South Africa at club level. It is exciting to watch, to be honest.

“There is a lot of ball movement and a lot of offloading with a lot of great tries being scored.

“Between now and the Rugby World Cup, what we’ve got to do is keep an eye on things because who knows what they will have in their repertoire.

“The clubs have been exciting to watch, but that doesn’t normally transfer up.”

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