Scott Quinnell says that fatigue is not an excuse for Wales' 16-38 loss to South Africa
Last Updated: 15/06/14 3:16pm
There is no doubt that Wales have played a lot of rugby but Scott Quinnell says that there has to be no talk about tiredness or fatigue.
"You can forget about fatigue because Warren Gatland has taken a squad over to South Africa who wanted to compete and who wanted to win in South Africa," said the former Wales No.8 on Sky Sports.
"Why didn’t we do that? Because in the first half our defence was not good enough. South Africa came out and really exploited Wales. Willie le Roux had a huge amount to do with that. We said at the start of the game not to feed them - don’t give them the ball. Play and go through the phases. But Wales had too many balls turned over. All of a sudden South Africa got on a roll and they are very difficult to stop. The big men just keep on coming at you.
"Where I thought we got exploited was 12, 13, 14 channels – we don’t see that because we are normally very strong in those area. But we really struggled in those areas today. Shaun Edwards will be out there tomorrow morning with everyone making tackles. They have to do that.
"This result is nothing about tiredness – I spoke to Warren Gatland pre-tour and they were going out to win. Unfortunately it has not started particular well. The wonderful thing is that in seven days’ time we get to do it all again – but Wales have to learn their lessons from this defeat.
"South Africa showed why they are so hard to beat – not only did they have the power and the strength that is synonymous with Springbok rugby but they also showed the finesse, skills and pace that makes them a more rounded side."
Thinus Delport was delighted with the result and the way the South Africa played – not only did they have the power and the strength that is synonymous with Springbok rugby but they also showed the finesse, skills and pace that makes them a more rounded side.
"This is the evolution Heyneke Meyer has brought to the Springbok side," said the former Springbok fullback.
"Yes we still have our default plays and default strengths but it is the likes of Willie le Roux, Cornell Hendricks – who had a great debut – who were superb.
Le Roux has been outstanding – he has brought confidence to the rest for the team to take a few more risks. Suddenly we see Morne Steyn reacting to him deep in their half and the ball gets put through the hands."
Delport also had high praise for Jan Serfontein who stepped into the No.12 shirt after Francois Steyn withdrew from the squad on Tuesday.
"There was a lot of talk about Frans Steyn not being there but this is exactly what Jan Serfontein wanted – he brings a lot of physicality. We did not see him distribute a lot but this is his game - he likes to carry the ball up and he likes to be involved in the big hits. He had an outstanding game and I think the best part of his game was tracking back and making that cover tackle after the Gareth Davies break.”