Springboks

Wales promise to bounce back

2014-06-17 18:12
Luke Charteris (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Wales lock Luke Charteris believes they were not battle hardened ahead of last week's Test against the Springboks in Durban, but insists they'll be stronger in the second Test in Nelspruit this weekend.

As it happened: Boks v Wales, 1st Test

The Boks thumped Wales 38-16 in the first of two Tests last Saturday.

However, Charteris felt the fact that their opponents played more rugby recently counted in their favour.

"Before Saturday, most of the guys didn't play for a long while. Yes, we did have a practice game, but one trial match in six weeks is not the same as playing Super Rugby," Charteris told Die Burger's website.

"Unfortunately that's how it works with the knockout games (in the Northern Hemisphere). If you don't qualify for it, then your season ends four or five weeks earlier than the others who go through."

Charteris also mentioned that fitness and physical conditioning cannot be compared to on-field action.

"It's not the only reason we lost, but that's why we couldn't match South Africa's intensity."

The victory stretched South Africa's winning record against Wales to 26-1. Wales' only victory (29-19) came in 1999 at the opening of the new Millennium Stadium, while one match ended in a 6-all draw (Cardiff, 1970).

Saturday's second Test at the Mbombela Stadium kicks off at 15:00.


Read more on:    wales  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
24 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
06 September 2014
New Zealand v Argentina, Napier 09:35
Australia v South Africa, Perth 12:05
13 September 2014
New Zealand v South Africa, Wellington 09:35
Australia v Argentina, old Coast Queensland 12:05
27 September 2014
Argentina v New Zealand, La Plata 00:10
South Africa v Australia, Cape Town 17:05
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After the first weekend's Rugby Championship action, which team do you see as the strongest title contender?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.