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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 November 2007, 17:45 GMT
Davies urges Wales to be ruthless
Morgan Stoddart
Morgan Stoddart was singled out for special praise by Nigel Davies
Wales caretaker coach Nigel Davies has urged his side to be more clinical if they are to compete with the likes of South Africa.

The world champions beat Wales 34-12 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday but Davies was encouraged with what he saw.

And he feels that if they can be more ruthless with their chances, then they can compete with the best in the world.

"They were very clinical and that is what being world champions is all about," said Davies.

This is the first step in a new era of Welsh rugby

Nigel Davies

"The difference was we didn't finish enough of our line breaks off and South Africa did," he added.

"South Africa showed exactly why they are world champions and we can learn from that. We have to continue to play with passion and be more clinical."

The Springboks scored five tries on the way to their victory in Cardiff.

Tries from Juan Smith, Jaque Fourie (2), JP Pietersen and Ryan Kankowski proved too much for the Welsh.

But Davies' side showed some promise with Colin Charvis and Morgan Stoddart crossing either side of half-time.

Davies will be replaced by new coach Warren Gatland and he feels that the New Zealander can take a lot of positives out of the game.

"Coming into the game we asked the boys to step up the passion and intensity and I am hugely proud that we have done that," said Davies.


"We had some great performance and I am very proud of the players because they showed what they are capable of.

"In particular Robin Sowden-Taylor, Morgan Stoddart and Gavin Henson deserve special praise.

"This is the first step in a new era of Welsh rugby and we have a lot to look forward to."

For South Africa coach Jake White this was his last game in charge of the Springboks and he was delighted to sign off with a win.

He said: "You have to make sure you win your last test match, that is all you want as a coach.

"It is mission completed and I'm very thankful for that.

"We didn't play as well as we could and that is maybe a cohesion thing.

"It was am emotional game for me, espcially at the end.

"I'm very relieved I can go off on a high and I have been privileged that I've been with a great group of players."

White also challenged the group of players to continue to improve and maintain their world dominance.

"There is no reason why this team can't get better and better," he said.

"I think our rugby is in a really healthy state and we have to stay there. That is our challenge."

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