Peel calls for Black attack

Wales scrumhalf Dwayne Peel believes you have to hit New Zealand with a high-paced attacking gameplan.

The plucky No 9 was insistent that any team who waited for the All Blacks to make an error did so at their own peril.

“You cannot sit back and be scared of them – you are on a hiding to nothing if you do that,” he told BBC Sport.

“If you attack them and really have a go, which we have done in close games in the past, you have a better chance.

“It is going to be our toughest game, but we have to attack because that is what we are best at. If we attack well, it takes a good team to stop us,” he added.

Peel’s comments is just another in a series of bullish offerings from the Welsh camp recently, but if their confidence is rooted in a recent draw Test against a poor Australia side, and comprehensive victories over minnows Pacific Islands and Canada they could be made to rue their impertinent comments.

Graham Henry was complimentary of his opponents yesterday, saying that they would pose a greater attacking threat than a one-dimensional France had done in their two-Test series. He however will be quietly confident that his mercurial charges will triumph at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales wing Mark Jones added that he was looking forward to taking on the team many pundits are tipping to win the World Cup in France next year.

“I want to play against the All Blacks, to run out against them would be special,” he said. “The last time I played against them was in New Zealand 2004 and it was a hell of a tough game.

“We have moved on a hell of a lot, so have they, but we have really matured.”

The 2005 Grand Slam winners are expected to launch a forward-orientated onslaught on the visitors, whose pack has improved dramatically in 2006 and has been central to their success this season.

Jones was confident that the big men would be more than able challengers in this facet of play and called for his team to show that they have the ability to match the world’s premier nations.

“There is no reason why we can’t match them physically. I am confident in the players we have got around us. We have come a long way,” he added.

“They are the benchmark but it is important we rise to the challenge and give a good account of ourselves.

“The best teams in the world can play how they want to, when they want to. We have to have a good balance to our games. ”