Wales name 11 Lions in their starting team

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 5 Nov 2013 at 17:47
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The Wales side to face the Springboks this Saturday, 17:30 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff has been named and having seen the strength of the Welsh side, the starting line-up featuring 11 players that were involved in the recent British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, Heyneke Meyer may just have been deterred from experimenting too much with his side to be named tomorrow.

These two sides have come up against each other on 26 different occasions with the Welsh only managing one victory (in 1999 at the Millennium Stadium) and managing a draw one other time in 1970. Clearly the record books favour the Boks to take this one, but this Welsh side has a much stronger look than what they have put up in recent years. Not only did they take the Six Nations title last year by completing a grand slam, but defended their title again this year.

Rhys Priestland slots back into the Welsh fly-half spot and after a year of absence he and flanker Dan Lydiate who formed part of the 2012 grand slam winning team, will add great value to an already strong side. Priestland is joined by Mike Phillips in a familiar partnership, while Lydiate will join his British and Irish Lions teammates for this match.

At age 21 George North’s big frame is already a very familiar figure to South Africans. Making his debut against South Africa when he was only 18 years old, North scored two tries in a closely contested match at the Millennium Stadium, South Africa just taking that match by 29 – 25. North will be joined in a dangerous back three by another promising youngster, as 21 year old Eli Walker will be making his debut. The back three will be completed by Leigh Halfpenny at fullback to form a unit that will keep the Springbok defence on their toes.

With the success Wales have achieved over the past few years, it is surprising to note that they are looking for their first win on an end of year tour since 2009, emphasizing the dominance of Southern Hemisphere teams once again. Their is no doubting that in spite of their underdog tag this year, they will be a different challenge to what the Boks have seen in the past. And you know what they say about the underdog, with the quality of the Welsh side this year, South Africa should count on a huge fight on Saturday.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 James Hook, 23 Liam Williams.


  • Going to be a hard game to start the tour just hope HM picks the right team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.11.13 23:40:25 by JD Reply
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  • My guess for Meyers team:

    1. Beast
    2. du Plessis
    3. Oosthuizen
    4. Etzebeth
    5. du Toit
    6. Louw
    7. Alberts
    8. Vermeulen
    9. du Preez
    10. Steyn
    11. Habana
    12. de Villiers
    13. Fourie
    14. Pietersen
    15. le Roux

    16. Strauss
    17. Steenkamp
    18. Malherbe
    19. Botha
    20. Coetzee
    21. Pienaar
    22. Lambie
    23. Serfontein

    The front row will be an interesting contest. We may have the edge in physicality in the second row but they have the experience. The back row may also be a close contest. We have the flair at 9 and the consistency at 10. The flair is lacking at 10 for us while they have it in spades. It may be wise to pick the experienced centre combination even though we would miss the physicality of Serfontein, considering the Welsh centres (Davies really). Our back 3 have the skill to deal with theirs for sure. This is of course only if Meyer picks the same team I think he will.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.11.13 00:12:01 by David12246 Reply

  • If Meyer picks a combo of 9. du Preez 10. Morne 12. Jean 13. Fourie…….plus a loosetrio of Louw, Alberts and Vermeulen, we will lose to this Welsh side, only because Meyer is selling us short on the selection front

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.11.13 00:25:53 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 3) : talking kak again Saffex? Just like when you told us you are a “solicitor”? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.13 02:23:44 by Feather Reply

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  • Read in Beeld Lambie will start at 15 for Wales test.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.13 07:02:56 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 5) :

    I definitely have mixed feelings about that. Then again Beauden Barrett started at fullback for the All Blacks against Japan, which doesn’t mean that he’ll never play 10 for them again.

    I think maybe while Heyneke Meyer is having such a tough time to part ways with what he is used to, getting a full game, would be the best thing that could happen to Lambie.

    I would continue to play him at fly-half for the Sharks, because one day he will be needed in the green and gold and then he’ll be ready!

    I suppose Meyer is only doing this because he wants Goosen on his bench.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.13 07:33:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 5) : @Letgo (Comment 6) :

    If that report is even accurate.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.13 07:34:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 5) : I’ll be very surprised if that happens. I’ll rather comment once the team is announced.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.13 07:59:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Thats a very strong Welsh side. If our forwards dont come to the party we will be in serious trouble. Forget the expansive game- smash them up front and we will win this game. I hope we have been practising our scrums and lineouts and rucking.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.13 08:04:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • I wonder in what shape /form JPP and Fourie will be after playing in Japan.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.13 08:27:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : With the number of quality players now plying their trade there the standard will constantly be improving. In interviews guys have said its not as physical as Super rugby/ Currie Cup but it is quick rugby with quick ruck ball and not a lot of mauling etc.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.13 09:17:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • Fourie played well in the Tests he played in the championship – dont think there will be a problem for the others. If the game is faster as said, then they should be fit at least? I like the quick ruck ball scenario – we need to work on that with the Boks.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.13 09:51:21 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 12) : Talking about Jacques – not du Preez

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.13 10:09:32 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Caratacus (Comment 12) : Maybe I should read properly before responding 😳

    The quicker game definitely served to keep du Preez on his toes – although he was not as impressive in the other tests as in the Argie test.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.13 10:14:05 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Not sure about this Welsh side, dropping Biggar for Priestland is about the most controversial call. Dan is more composed under pressure and has a superior boot. Eli Walker is hit and miss. Last year he was electric, but since his injury he hasn’t looked as good. Might see a few highballs above him as a tester. Halfpenny converts penalties into points as effectively as Steyn these days. Davies is the Welsh equivalent of Flip, tendency to give away stupid penalties.

    James is stronger in the scrum than Jenkins, but it is tough to call now with Malherbe starting. Scott Williams has been in good form for his club, but whenever he plays for Wales, he is expected to take the role of Jamie Roberts, despite very different playing styles. Lydiate has no issue tackling all day, and Tipuric off the bench can be a live wire, he should be starting.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.13 21:14:40 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Sounds like eli walker is out of the test ream with hamstring injury.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.11.13 15:07:22 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • Prediction with my head: Boks by 6
    Prediction with my heart: Boks by 16+ πŸ˜†

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.11.13 17:43:14 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • SuperBru received my prediction with my heart…hope I’m right!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.11.13 17:43:53 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 2) : Sorry did you just say Rhys Priestland has loads of flair? Hahahaa. πŸ˜†

    I don’t know what Gatland sees in him!

    And Jaque Fourie is more physical than Serfontein!

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.11.13 17:47:20 by SeanyJMc Reply


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