Wales team manager Alan Phillips has declared that while his team respects South Africa the Springboks hold no fear for them as opponents.
He said the Wales players and coaches are pleased the South Africans will be their first opponents in Rugby World Cup 2011.
Phillips said: "It's the right time for us to play them but we will never lose sight of the fact that they are a formidable outfit.
"There's no fear now. We respect them and although they haven't had a good run this is the Rugby World Cup so we know what to expect.
"I am sure they also respect us but right now we are focusing on preparing our own game. The results have been close the last few times we have played them and that is going to help our confidence."
The team manager said the Wales summer training schedule had proved to be a major boost for the squad. He said: "There is no doubt the training in Poland helped us, not just physically but mentally as well. It toughened up our squad. We tried to break them but they kept coming back for more.
"After that the big bonus for us was the summer results because the results have helped boost our confidence. There's no doubt this squad believes they can do something special."
He said the serious focus on the Springbok game will commence in Tuesday training sessions as the coaches focus on the encounter ahead.
He revealed that post arrival training sessions were far tougher than he expected as players showed their competitive edge early in the campaign.
He said: "I have been surprised how hard we trained over the weekend and that's because the competition in this squad is excellent. There is no doubt that if we start playing well we will just start getting better and better.
"We've got a young group of players here all putting pressure on the more senior members of the squad. Only the other day Gethin Jenkins remarked to me how the personnel has changed because now the young players outnumber the older group."
Phillips has now attended three Rugby World Cup competitions as a manager and played in the original competition in 1987.
He praised the mood in the Welsh squad and pinpointed the creation of a Wales squad choir as a sign of how the team is "tight" as a group.
Phillips revealed:"I never thought we would get a big group of players like this getting together as a choir. They've been practising in the team room and even on the bus to get it right and that's been great to see.
"The boys sang at the Maori welcome and it was really appreciated by the crowd. This is a big step forward."
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.