We can pull off mission impossible, says captain Dan Biggar as Wales seek to follow up first Test victory in South Africa by winning the series decider in Cape Town

  • Wales have already broken new ground with last week’s victory in second Test 
  • Now the Welsh are just 80 minutes away from a series victory in South Africa 
  • Wales have won five of their last eight Tests against the Springboks since 2015

The seemingly impossible dream is now possible for Wales.

Wayne Pivac and his players are just 80 minutes away from a series victory in South Africa. Wales have already broken new ground in the southern hemisphere by winning in the land of the Springbok for the first time. A series win is the next step.

‘It’s a great opportunity for us to win a series here,’ Wales captain Dan Biggar said before adding: ‘If we’d said that before we flew, we’d have been laughed out of town.’

Pivac’s men were written off before this tour. History was against them but so too was form, given Wales’ last match before this series was a first home defeat by Italy. That horror result was the finale to a poor Six Nations. How Wales have turned things around.

Dan Biggar had backed Wales to achieve the impossible in the final Test before the game

Dan Biggar and Wales have already broken new ground with last week’s victory in second Test

Their doggedness in one of the toughest places to play Test rugby has been impressive. Wales should have won the opener but were denied at the death in cruel fashion. They did win the second match despite not playing as well. Now, it is time for a Cape Town decider.

‘We’ve put a huge amount into this tour, we’ve worked our socks off,’ said Biggar, who has brushed off a shoulder concern to lead Wales once again on Saturday.

Wayne Pivac and his players are just 80 minutes away from a series victory in South Africa

Wayne Pivac and his players are just 80 minutes away from a series victory in South Africa

‘It would be brilliant to get a full reward. This is our last week of the season so we can give it everything. Hopefully we can enjoy a good break with some positive memories of this trip.

‘It’s going to come down to small margins again. It’s about being disciplined and putting in an 80-minute performance. ‘We’ve been really good in the first two Tests. We haven’t given the Springboks too many cheap points or cheap entries. If we are as clinical as we have been over the last two weeks, we are in there with a shout.’

Wales have won just seven of their 39 Tests with South Africa, but their record against the Springboks since the 2015 World Cup is impressive. Of the eight Tests between the two sides in that time, Wales have won five. 

Biggar has brushed off a shoulder concern to lead Wales once again on Saturday

Biggar has brushed off a shoulder concern to lead Wales once again on Saturday

South Africa did claim victory in the one that mattered — the 2019 World Cup semi-final in Yokohama. But in those eight matches, the average margin between the teams has been just under five points.

‘Whenever we play South Africa we don’t want to give them too much to get their teeth sunk into early doors,’ Biggar said. ‘Play the game in the right part of the field. If you do that, you limit the chances you give them. That’s why we have a decent record against them.’

A record that will make history if they win.

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