Welsh confidence and the ‘wounded Bokke’

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November 22, 2016
Welsh confidence and the ‘wounded Bokke’

UPBEAT: Coach Rob Howley

Howley believes he knows Boks strengths and weaknesses

Wales enter the game against South Africa on the back of a poor performance against Japan, which saw them win the game 33-30 last weekend.

Still, coach Rob Howley believes they will enter this weekend’s match against a “wounded animal” with confidence.

Howley believes the confidence they have comes from the last time the two teams met at the Principality Stadium back in 2014 — a match Wales won 12-6.

Of the upcoming clash, Howley tells Walesonline: “You look at your game and look at the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition. We’ve played them a lot.

“The last time they played here they lost, so it’ll give our players who played in that game some confidence.

“It’s really important, when you play against southern hemisphere sides, that you’ve won games against them.

“There’s a wounded animal coming here on the back of a loss against Italy.”

Of his own team’s below-par performance against Japan, Howley adds: “We picked a really strong team, with experience, and there were some new combinations in there.

“When we’ve made changes on other occasions, we’ve come up with that kind of performance sometimes.

“But we felt that we had the continuity in selection, we had experience.

“Whilst we won the game, the elements of the game that we’ve been good at in recent months… we lost the aerial battle.”

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