South Africa vs. Wales: 5 Bold Predictions for Durban Test

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South Africa vs. Wales: 5 Bold Predictions for Durban Test
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Wales go in search of their first ever win over the Springboks in South Africa when they run out in Durban on Saturday.

The southern hemisphere superpowers have had Warren Gatland’s number in recent years. The Boks are searching for that extra 10 per cent to reach the level of the All Blacks, while Welsh observers are waiting to see if Gatland’s pledge to alter his team’s style at the end of the Six Nations will come to pass.

WalesOnline.co.uk columnist and former Wales skipper Gwyn Jones wrote:

Gatland signed off this season’s championship by signalling that a change in philosophy was needed as teams had begun to prevent Wales from playing their pattern.

Indeed there seemed to be a different flavour to Wales’ creative play in their final match against Scotland. Liam Williams countered from full-back, the ball went wide from deep positions and there was a less structured approach generally.

That was against a woeful 14-man Scottish side but nonetheless in the days that followed there was an acknowledgement from the coach that sides had begun to work out Wales and some tinkering needed to be done to the hitherto successful game plan.

This match perhaps represents Wales’ best chance on the tour. Durban sits at sea level. The home side are not without their problems, particularly in midfield. Wales, missing only one or two front-line men, must sniff their chance.

Here we predict what will happen. 

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