South Africa v Wales: Dan Biggar calls on tourists to respond against Springboks
Last Updated: 18/06/14 6:48pm
Dan Biggar insists that Wales' miserable record against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia is not down to a lack of mental strength.
Last weekend's 38-16 first Test defeat to South Africa in Durban further extended the tourists' dismal run in matches with the southern hemisphere's big three.
Since head coach Warren Gatland took charge in 2007, Wales have secured just one win from 24 encounters with the world's top three, against Australia in 2008.
Gatland is preparing his side for Saturday's second Test and victory over the Springboks would instil some belief in the squad as they look ahead to the World Cup in 15 months time.
Ospreys fly-half Biggar denied that Wales have lacked a winning mentality, but accepts that confidence could be dented if they cannot stop the rot.
"It's pretty tough playing those sides, they are outstanding teams and they give you very little to feed off," said the 24-year-old.
"I do not think it is a mental issue in terms of crossing the line and beating these teams, but the more time we go without winning the more of an issue it becomes.
"Once we do it, it will give us that belief and be a turning point for us in beating them game in game out.
I do not think it is a mental issue in terms of crossing the line and beating these teams, but the more time we go without winning the more of an issue it becomes.
"It is tough but we have got to keep going. We have to make sure we instil belief in ourselves and try and ruffle a few feathers."
Biggar has praised assistant coach Shaun Edwards for his calm half-time team talk last weekend, revealing how his words inspired them to produce an improved display after the break.
"Analysis has been pretty uncomfortable this week," he said. "But Shaun Edwards was excellent at half-time on Saturday.
"He knew he could have come in ranting and raving at all the mistakes we had made but he knew that would not solve anything there and then.
"He was constructive and he was excellent in how he rallied the boys, pulled us together. He got us to relax and go out and try and have more parity second half.
"That was very important. It is not the time for ranting and raving because there is only so much that can achieve.
"We will be harsh on ourselves, no doubt, but no-one will feel sorry for themselves. We are going to go out on Saturday and give it a really good go."