Dewi Lake's dressing room actions speak volumes as Gatland decision clear

-Credit: (Image: Welsh Rugby Union)
-Credit: (Image: Welsh Rugby Union)

Dewi Lake showed Warren Gatland exactly the type of captain he is with a rousing speech to his team-mates before Wales v South Africa.

Gatland's team lost 41-13 to the back-to-back world champions on June 22 at Twickenham, and have since travelled to Australia ahead of their summer tour.

The squad are currently based in Sydney, ahead of their first match this weekend. The team have been working hard Down Under, and have also enjoyed some down time in the sea, which you can read more about here.

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As part of their 'Gwlad, Gwlad' docu-series, the Welsh Rugby Union have published the first episode, which shows Wales captain Lake showing why he has been chosen to lead the team by Gatland.

Speaking ahead of the match against the world champions, Lake addressed his team with this, "Be the aggressor. We've spoken about having our backs against the wall. Let's be f*****g desperate for everything. Ball on the floor? We are f*****g desperate. Ball in the air? Kick-chase? Desperate.

"Desperate to get off the line. Desperate to win the race around the corner. We squeeze on three. One, two, three - squeeze!"

At half-time Wales were just one point adrift of their opponents despite being given two yellow cards. Lake took time to remind his team of their responsibilities when ahead of the second half re-start, he said: "That first 10, discipline, and we have to start fast."

Despite the fact that Wales would go on to lose the match, they put in a valiant performance against the Springboks, and it's a performance that will have filled them with confidence going into their two-match Test series against Australia.

The first match against the Wallabies kicks off this Saturday, July 6, at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. The second Test is a week later on July 13 at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Wales will also face Super Rugby side Queensland Reds in a one-off match to finish the tour on Friday, July 19.