The Springboks don’t know yet whether the roof of the Millennium Stadium will be open or closed when they play Wales in a rugby test on Saturday.
“We have not discussed it yet. I first have to discuss it with my team and then with Warren Gatland (Wales’s coach). It is myself and Gatland that will decide whether the roof is open or closed,” said South Africa’s coach, Peter de Villiers.
Liam Del Carme writes for Beeld that as far as the match is concerned, the Boks reckon Wales’s rush defence could be a potential weakness.
The Dragons, who have used the tactic successfully in recent times, achieved their success in the Six Nations largely thanks to that. They conceded only two tries in their march to the Six Nations title, with only England end Italy managing a try apiece against them.
However, De Villiers reckons his team can exploit a defensive pattern where the ball carrier’s space is shut down as quickly as possible.
He did not want to elaborate on Monday about what his team planned. “We have a few things we can try, but don’t want to discuss it in detail,” he said.
De Villiers’s interest in Wales’s rush defence was ignited further when he watched the Ospreys lose to English club side London Irish. Wales’s team is mostly made up of the Ospreys.
“We have a reasonable idea of how Wales will play. The one thing that stood out is the Ospreys’s rush defence. We’ll be ready for it,” said De Villiers.Tweet