Wales v South Africa: Shaun Edwards wary of 'torturer' Willie le Roux

Willie Le Roux
Shaun Edwards says South Africa full-back Willie le Roux was difficult to contain in the two June Test defeats
Autumn internationals: Wales v South Africa
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Sat 29 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
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Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards says two of South Africa's main threats on Saturday could be Willie le Roux and Cornal Hendricks.

Full-back le Roux, 25, helped the Springboks beat Wales twice in June 2014 by scoring a try in both Tests.

"He [le Roux] was the main torturer for us," Edwards said.

And although Liam Williams apologised for the Boks' late winning try in the second game, Edwards says wing Hendricks, 26, deserved the credit.

"He made the break which probably won them the second Test," he said.

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"They are two outstanding individual players. Willie le Roux is well known throughout world rugby, but I've got to say that I was unpleasantly surprised how good Hendricks was in the summer.

"He's a guy who played sevens rugby and a guy who I have got a lot of respect for.

"I didn't know that much about him before that, but after that series it's clear to see why he was such an outstanding sevens player."

Wales v South Africa
8 November 2008: Wales 15-20 South Africa - Millennium Stadium -report
13 November 2010: Wales 25-29 South Africa - Millennium Stadium -report
11 September 2011: South Africa 17-16 Wales - Wellington -report
9 November 2013: Wales 15-24 South Africa - Millennium Stadium -report
14 June 2014: South Africa 38-16 Wales - Durban -report
21 June 2014: South Africa 31-30 Wales - Nelspruit -report

Hendricks is not the only player Edwards is wary of as Wales prepare for their final autumn Test.

"They've got threats all over the field, the Springboks," said Edwards.

"They have an incredibly powerful forward pack, the defence is as good, if not the best in the world at the moment.

"They've got outstanding backs as well, who've got a lot of speed; intelligent players, a constructive kicking game as well.

"And they've got an outstanding full-back as well in Willie le Roux - he was the main torturer for us throughout the summer."

Cornal Hendricks on the attack for South Africa his side's 31-30 win against Wales in June 2014
Cornal Hendricks on the attack for South Africa in his side's 31-30 win against Wales in June 2014

Warren Gatland's Wales side have only beaten Fiji this autumn, losing to both Australia and New Zealand.

A win over the Springboks would give Wales and their coaches a boost ahead of the 2015 Six Nations and the World Cup that follows.

South Africa have beaten Italy and England, but lost 29-15 against Ireland at the start of their autumn campaign.

"It's important to remember that the conditions in Ireland were very different to what we play in at the Millennium Stadium," said Edwards.

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