Jenkins out to end SA hoodoo
Gethin Jenkins thinks he can finally end his frustrating record against South Africa if Wales are at the top of their game.
Last Updated: 12/11/10 7:37pm
Gethin Jenkins believes he can finally end his frustrating personal record against South Africa on Saturday, but knows Wales must be at the top of their game to do so.
The prop has played a total of eight times against the Springboks with both Wales and the British and Irish Lions - and has lost every time.
He also broke his cheekbone while playing for the Lions against South Africa last year, ending his tour one game early.
But the fire to balance that record out burns brightly within the 29-year-old, who will win his 76th cap during the clash at the Millennium Stadium.
"I've had quite a few battles in the last two or three years with them," Jenkins said.
"I've never beaten South Africa, but I believe that if we put a good
performance in, we can really compete with them. We need to step up for
ourselves as a squad.
"We hate losing as much as the Welsh public hate us losing. We want to come out afterwards and talk about the good things after a victory.
"It's frustrating when you have to talk about where we've gone wrong and where we haven't won the game.
"There is no greater feeling than when you have won an international game, you've worn that jersey and come off the field with a victory.
"We are doing as much work as we can in training to put little things right where we think they are going wrong. I think we need to be a little bit smarter and nail those key moments in a game.
"You have got to be on the ball for 80 minutes against these guys. We do tend to sometimes switch off, and you can get hurt and lose seven points at this level. It's a long way back then."
Despite dominating in the scrum, Wales still fell to defeat against Australia last weekend and Jenkins will be hoping for an improved all-round performance from his side.
"It's going to be tough up-front - not as though the Australians weren't tough up-front - but they pose a different threat," he said.
"They (South Africa) do the basics well, they are good at all the key areas - a strong pack, a strong lineout and a strong scrum.
"It is almost a sense of belief that we can beat these teams. We went into last Saturday pretty confident, but I think we need to believe more that we can actually go out and take one of these big scalps."