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Siya Kolisi predicts physical clash with Wales side ‘not giving an inch’

South Africa captain Siya Kolissi are preparing for a tough physical battle against a Wales side who ‘don’t give an inch’ on Saturday.

The world champions are heavy favorites to start the three-Test series with victory in Pretoria.

A second game in Bloemfontein – also at altitude – follows seven days later before the series ends in Cape Town on July 16.

Wales have never beaten Springboks in South Africa, when their last match three months ago saw them beaten at home by Guinness Six Nations opponents of Italy.

“Wales are a team that don’t give an inch – they will physically stand for the full 80 minutes,” Kolisi said.

“They are also tough people, so they will go along with us.

“Set pieces are going to be important and they like the ball high, so we respect them, and we know we have to go on the day and with the right attitude.”

The Springboks will be roared by a crowd of 50,000 at Loftus Versfeld.

And it’s the first time they’ve played to a full house at home since winning the World Cup 32 months ago.

The coronavirus pandemic meant crowds were not allowed for last year’s round of testing against the British and Irish Lionswhich South Africa won 2-1.

Kolisi added: “We are all delighted to play in front of a packed Loftus Versfeld.

“The last time we played at home in front of fans was at Loftus against Argentina before the Rugby World Cup.

“People missed us, and we missed playing in front of them, so we’re excited to go there and hopefully we can make people proud and build momentum.

“Winning doesn’t take people’s problems away, but it does give them something positive to think about, and it has a much deeper meaning for us as a team.

“Putting smiles on people’s faces is what drives us every weekend, and that’s why getting good results is so important to us and why we’re so disappointed when things don’t go well.”

Siya Kolisi predicts physical clash with Wales side ‘not giving an inch’

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