South Africa will be looking to continue with the momentum gained after their shock opening defeat to Japan when they face Wales in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham on 17 October.
Since losing their opening 34-32 defeat to the Japanese the Springboks have beaten Samoa, Scotland and the US conceding just one try in the three games, to win Group B and set up a meeting with the Warren Gatlands Welsh side. Speaking at a press conference on 13 October, assistant coach Ricardo Loubscher said South Africa will be looking to maintain the form they have shown since the Japan match.
Its massive for us. You look at Wales, a physical direct team, so its vital for us to keep continuity, keep momentum. What we want to take into the game is just the confidence of the last three weeks and we expect another physical game, a tough one but one that were excited about, we cant wait for the weekend, he said.
I think the plan will be the same, nothing has changed, were still in the situation where we have to win so on the weekend theres another opportunity for us to show what we can do. But what we want to take into the game is just momentum, confidence, and hopefully well get another opportunity just to execute our game plan, but were excited about that.
Wales beat a second-string South Africa 12-6 in a friendly in Cardiff in 2014 but the Springboks are bullish about their chances of revenge.
I think theyve obviously got some special players on their side. I think theyve got some big strong runners but I think that weve got exactly the same and weve got the players to match that as well. So well just focus on what we do well and focus on our game. I think we just want to get out there and play some rugby, back Jesse Kriel said.
Fast line speed, lots of numbers on their feet, putting sides under pressure with their defence and kick lots of high balls, lots of contestables which they chase down with huge intensity. So well have to deal with all of that and obviously well leave no stone unturned in our preparation this week to make sure we know exactly whats required of us so that we can apply our own pressure on them and come out on top on the scoreboard, added player Pat Lambie.