Brad: Don’t be so soft!

SOUTH AFRICA v WALES Sunday, Welling­ton, 9.30am

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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.

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