Rugby Union: Wales in positive mood for Springbok challenge

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WALES' CARETAKER coach, Dennis John, has insisted his tourists will adopt a positive approach when they face South Africa on Saturday.

The Welsh players and their management watched Ireland lose 33-0 to the Springboks at the weekend in a scrappy contest. The South African coach, Nick Mallett, was critical of Ireland, but John has vowed that Wales will try to play an attacking game.

"For the most part, Ireland simply concentrated on trying to disrupt the Springboks," John said. "We will have a much more positive approach. I would rather us lose heavily than play negatively."

Before the Test, however, Wales face the Gauteng Falcons in their final provincial match at Vanberbijilpark tonight. John will want to rest most of his Test line-up but injuries may force him to do otherwise.

The Welsh have already lost seven players to injury, with wing Wayne Proctor and open-side flanker Martyn Williams the latest victims. Their replacements, Stephen Jones of Llanelli and Swansea's Dean Thomas are due to link up with the rest of the Welsh squad today.

WALES (v Gauteng Falcons, today): D Williams (Llanelli); L Woodard (Ebbw Vale), G Evans (Neath), J Funnell (Ebbw Vale), R Rees (Swansea); B Hayward (Ebbw Vale), P John (Pontypridd); D Morris (Neath), G Jenkins (Swansea), B Evans (Neath); P Arnold (Swansea), C Stephens (Bridgend), G Lewis (Pontypridd), D Thomas (Swansea), C Wyatt (Llanelli). Replacements: S Jones (Llanelli), M Taylor (Swansea) or D James (Pontypridd), R Howley (Cardiff) N Thomas (Bath), I Gough (Newport), M Griffiths (Pontypridd), B Williams (Richmond).