Mind games. There's only one winner.

By Paul Williams on Sep 4, 11 08:27 PM in Welsh rugby bloggers

Whilst the on-field games may still be a few days away, the mind games have already kicked-off. One of the keenest players is Warren Gatland; it's something he's done since day one of his Welsh tenure. This week, Peter de Villiers (PDV) has been on the receiving end of Gatland's verbal miss move - apparently, the Boks "don't play any rugby".

This statement of course revealed nothing that PDV, his squad, and the rest of the rugby fraternity didn't already know. It does reveal one thing however, that Wales feel inferior going into Sunday's clash.

Mind games are often a sign of an inferiority complex. Elite coaches rarely criticise weaker opposition; quite the opposite in fact. When the southern hemisphere giants play lesser opponents (which we sadly are) their pre-game press conferences are usually loaded with plaudits for the lower ranking nations.

Although Gatland's comments were intended to highlight South Africa's current state of mind, I think they may say more about ours.

Which is pity; because I think we've got a good chance of winning Sunday's game, mind.

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