Gibbs: Boks not a winning side

2011-08-31 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Former Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Scott Gibbs has suggested that his countrymen have nothing to fear when they take on the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup on September 11.

The match will be the first game at the tournament for both teams, and the result is likely to have a massive impact on whether the teams qualify for the quarter-finals and who they are to face.

According to Keo.co.za, Gibbs believes South Africa’s recent poor form means they should not automatically be considered as favourites for the crunch Pool D clash.

“We have to remember that South Africa have lost three of their last four games and before that there was the shock defeat to Scotland [on the 2010 year-end tour], so they’re not a winning side,” Gibbs is reported to have told Keo.co.za.

“With [head coach] Warren Gatland, Rob Howley and Shaun Edwards [both assistants] Wales are well coached; they just need to get their game management right.

“Gatland’s been trying to reinforce a mental edge: be tough on yourself, be tough as a team and make sharp and accurate decisions under duress.

“If they do this, start out like a house on fire, put their chest out and start smashing the Boks around, they have a chance.”

South Africa and Wales have been grouped with Fiji, Namibia and Samoa in Pool D of the tournament.

The Springboks have played Wales on four occasions since Gatland took over as head coach in December 2007, and have won all four games.

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