Bradley Davies says Wales are ready for South Africa clash on Saturday

Last Updated: 06/11/13 4:58pm

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Bradley Davies hopes Wales can take inspiration from England's performances against southern hemisphere opposition

Bradley Davies hopes Wales can take inspiration from England's performances against southern hemisphere opposition

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Cardiff Blues lock Bradley Davies insists Wales are ready for the threat posed by South Africa ahead of the clash between the two nations at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

It is the first opportunity Wales have had to exact revenge on their southern hemisphere rivals since defat to them in the World Cup pool phase two years ago.

Davies said Wales are looking forward to the maych but insists they are under no illusion about how difficult the contest against the Rugby Championship runners-up will be.

"South Africa are going to challenge us front-on with their style of play," said Davies. "We prepared for it in training last week. Training was physical, and hopefully we can transfer it to Saturday's game.

"It was the best week's training I have had with Wales. We've had a real, tough preparation. It has been tiring, but good, and I slept like a baby on Sunday!

"Personally, I have kind of been building momentum and I feel I am back to where I know I can and want to be.

"South Africa are going to challenge us front-on with their style of play. We prepared for it in training last week. Training was physical, and hopefully we can transfer it to Saturday's game."
Bradley Davies

"I feel I am ready to run through brick walls, which is normally a good sign."

Davies has been recalled to partner Alun-Wyn Jones in the second-row after missing Wales' Six Nations campaign last season due to an ankle injury.

Bench

He was on the bench the last time the two side's played and claimed Wales' agonising defeat in Wellington gave them the desire to reach the semi-finals.

"We were written off before that game, but we were well in it," he said. "Because of that match we turned the corner and the snowball effect gave us momentum to reach the semi-finals.

"I thought we played the better rugby, but at the end of the day history says we lost. There's been a lot of games we have said we should have won over the last couple of years but we haven't. We need to start turning those narrow losses into wins."

Davies believes Wales can take inspiration from recent England victories over southern hemisphere opposition which continued when they beat Australia 20-13 last weekend.

"England have shown the way, really," Davies said. "They were a bit rusty during the opening 20 minutes last weekend, but they stuck together and their physicality and fitness came through and they got the win.

"South Africa are a different type of team to Australia. They pride themselves on their physicalty, and I suppose we have as well over the last couple of years.

"All international rugby is gladiatorial, and it's going to be a massive challenge up front because that is where it all starts."

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