The Springboks want to avoid a war of attrition in a mudbath and have therefore requested the Welsh Rugby Union to close the roof of the Millennium Stadium for Saturday’s rugby test.
Liam Del Carme writes for Beeld that the ultra-modern stadium seats 74 000 spectators and has a roof that can be left open or closed. Springbok coach Peter de Villiers would prefer to remove the weather conditions from the equation.
Importantly, the match will then be played on a dry field.
There has, however, been a steady drizzle for the past few days.
“We asked for the roof to be closed. It now depends on Warren Gatland (Wales’s coach) whether he would like the roof closed. He may decide differently and then their board will take a decision,” said De Villiers.
Springbok captain John Smit is not bothered whether the roof will be open or closed.
“It makes no difference to me. It’s one of those topics people enjoy making a fuss over. Both teams have to play in the conditions,” said Smit.
Meanwhile, Wales have included two uncapped players in their line-up. Leigh Halfpenny and Andy Powell will debut at right wing and No 8 respectively.
“Leigh is only 19 and our message to him is to go out and enjoy it. He should not worry about his direct opponent. He should relax and play without fear,” said Gatland.
Powell’s inclusion means that skipper Ryan Jones has to move to the flank.
“That tells you something about Andy’s ability,” said Gatland.
In a surprise move, Gareth Cooper got the nod over Dwayne Peel at scrumhalf. Peel’s form has not been impressive of late.
The experienced Stephen Jones is included at flyhalf, with James Hook backing him up off the bench.
The Welsh team: Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts, Gavin Henson, Shane Williams, Stephen Jones, Gareth Cooper, Andy Powell, Martyn Williams, Ryan Jones (captain), Ian Evans, Alun-Wyn Jones, Adam Jones, Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins.
Substitutes: Richard Hibbard, Duncan Jones, Ian Gough, Dafydd Jones, Dwayne Peel, James Hook, Tom Shanklin.Tweet