Dan Biggar: Wales need to find the belief to beat the best
Dan Biggar says Wales need to find the belief to beat a southern hemisphere nation before it becomes an issue
Dan Biggar believes that Wales need to find the belief to beat a southern hemisphere nation before it becomes an issue.
The Ospreys outside-half, who was voted players’ player of the season in the RaboDirect Pro12 last month, was unable to steer Wales to victory in last week’s first Test in Durban as South Africa ran in four first-half tries in a 38-16 win
Like many of the northern hemisphere nations, Wales have a dismal record against rugby’s top three nations with their last win against one of them coming at Australia’s expense in 2008—19 defeats have followed.
Once we do it, it will give us that belief and be a turning point for us
“It’s pretty tough playing those sides, they are outstanding teams and they give you very little to feed off,” said Biggar.
“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.
“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.”
History does not make for good reading. Wales have won just once against South Africa in 25 attempts, with one draw. Statistically, at a four per cent win rate, it is their worst against any nation. It is slightly better at 11% against New Zealand (three wins, no draws, 24 defeats) and 34 percent against Australia (10 wins, one draw, 18 defeats).
Despite the first half mauling to South Africa, Wales improved in the second half and Biggar praised defence coach Shaun Edwards for his inspiring half-time team talk.
“Analysis has been pretty uncomfortable this week, but Shaun Edwards was excellent at half-time on Saturday,” he added.
“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.”