Springboks

Wales hungry for Bok scalp

2013-10-31 11:48
Sam Warburton (AFP)
Cape Town - Wales captain Sam Warburton believes they were unlucky to lose to the Springboks when the teams last clashed and are looking for revenge.

The Boks won their last meeting 17-16 at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand two years ago - with Wales missing a late penalty to win the game.

Wales have improved markedly in recent years, winning two Grand Slams and three Six Nations titles since Warren Gatland took over as coach in 2008.

However, their record against the three Southern Hemisphere powers - South Africa, New Zealand and Australia - remains dismal. They have suffered 21 defeats in 22 matches against the "Big Three" under Gatland with the sole victory coming against the Wallabies in 2008.

Their overall record in Tests against South Africa is also poor, with the Boks holding a 24-1 winning record, with one match ending in a draw.

But Warburton believes they have what it takes to change that, and said they will be aiming for revenge when they host the Springboks in Cardiff on November 9.

In an interview with the Wales Online website, Warburton said they were "unlucky" to lose to the Boks in New Zealand two years ago and are looking forward to facing them again.

He also said he relishes the physical challenge the Springboks pose and labelled them - along with Samoa - as the most physical teams in world rugby.

Following their clash against the Welsh, the Boks also tackle Scotland in Edinburgh (November 17) and France in Paris (November 23).

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