Brad: Don’t be so soft!
SOUTH AFRICA v WALES Sunday, Wellington, 9.30am
BRADLEY DAVIES is determined not to see Wales’ opener against South Africa wrecked by soft penalties.
Wales have previous when it comes to letting the world champions off the hook – twice.
Last year the Springboks came back from 13 and 11 points down to win at the Millennium Stadium.
And second row Davies (left) said: “We’ve talked all week about not giving silly penalties away.
“The last time we played them we gave away too many soft ones, which meant when we were out in front they had chances to claw back.”
Assistant coach Rob Howley echoed the sentiment, saying: “Morne Steyn is a wonderful kicker – you don’t want to be giving him any easy points.
“He is one of the world-class kickers in the game at this moment in time.” Wales coach Warren Gatland is due to announce his starting line-up on Friday for a game that will put the winners in pole position to claim Pool D’s top spot.
“I think it’s great we get to start with a big one, to start with a bang,” Davies added.
Stephen Jones is a doubt for the Springboks encounter.
The Scarlets fly-half is still struggling with a calf strain.
South Africa also have injury worries, with giant lock Bakkies Botha suffering Achilles problems.