Bok prop Nyakane expects no favours from Wales: 'They remain a quality side'

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Trevor Nyakane. (Getty Images)
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  • Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane says Wales will have a point to prove when the sides meet in Cardiff on Saturday.
  • The Welsh were heavily beaten by the All Blacks last week while the Boks are well-rested.
  • Nyakane adds they'll look to dominate the Welsh from a physical perspective.

Versatile Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane says Wales will have a point to prove on Saturday when they meet in Cardiff.

The Welsh go into the game on the back of a bruising defeat against the All Blacks and will be missing key players for the Springbok clash.

Nyakane, though, is wise enough to understand that teams can play differently on weekends and Wales will be a different physical and set-piece prospect this weekend.

"They're missing some of their players, but Springbok rugby has always been about set-piece dominance," Nyakane said.

"We try to dominate in the scrums and the set-phases. It doesn't matter who we play. That's a focus for us because we always try to dominate those areas.

"Wales remain a quality side, regardless of who they are missing and it's not going to get any easier.

"What happened against the All Blacks is in the past and we're not going to look to the past."

How the Boks will score tries isn't Nyakane's forte, but he knows the space that's been readily available and exploited in the United Rugby Championship won't always be there in Test rugby.

There's also the excellent defence the teams have prided themselves on and it may play a role, especially with the Principality Stadium roof that will remain open for the game.

Nyakane said the team that'll make the best use of the chances that come their way will be handsomely rewarded.

"When it comes to international rugby, you're not going to get a lot of opportunities to just run the ball and score tries freely," Nyakane said.

"It's going to be a physical game that will come down to who takes the opportunity when it presents itself.

"It's going to be a tough one and patience will be a necessity because in international rugby, you don't just find space in every second phase.

"It's going to come down to who sees the opportunity and seizes it best. It's going to be tough and it's not going to be a walkover at all."

The Welsh side may call on some of their British & Irish Lions representatives, even though they'll be without Alun-Wyn Jones and Taulupe Faletau because of injuries.

Nyakane said there will always be a personal element to any Test, even for the Welsh players who didn't make the British & Irish Lions cut.

"Every time when two nations meet, it's always personal and it's always going to be like that," Nyakane said.

"Even if we didn't play some of them in the Lions series and we were going to play them here for the first time, they were going to bring the same energy, the same physicality, and come hard at us.

"We've met each other to a point where one understands how they carry each other and how one plays on the field.

"At this level, regardless of who you play and how many times you have opposed them, you always try to give off your best.

"Playing in the green and gold is motivation enough for us and both sides will give it their all."

Saturday's Test kicks off at 19:30 (SA time).




South Africa

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn

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