Welsh can add to Springbok struggles

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An injury-depleted Wales have endured a difficult autumn series but Warren Gatland’s men are capable of beating a South Africa side who are in a transition period of their own.

Defeats to Australia and New Zealand have left the Welsh licking their wounds in recent weeks as they have failed to pull off a scalp, with just a narrow win over Georgia to show for their efforts.

Wales have an opening 2018 Six Nations encounter against a resurgent Scotland and the men in red will be determined to end their autumn series on a high before they welcome Gregor Townsend’s attacking outfit to the Principality Stadium.

Injuries to the likes of Sam Warburton, George North and Liam Williams are massive blows to Wales but what will encourage Gatland is the strength in depth that is starting to grow in the national side.

Although the scoreline would suggest different, Wales were very competitive with the All Blacks before the world champions inevitably pulled away in the latter stages.

Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Biggar and Alun Wyn Jones will be the key experienced players for Saturday’s game and they will need to be at their best to get a result against the Boks.

South Africa have picked up wins over an inconsistent France and a struggling Italy in the last two weeks but before that they were demolished by the Irish in Dublin.

This Boks side have had some hammerings in the Rugby Championship also this year and Wales should not fear what is put in front of them this weekend, although respect is of course needed.

Wales are 11/4 to win this game by 1-10 points and even with their injuries, Gatland’s side have the strength in depth to edge the victory.

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