‘Samson is a big scrummager’ – Faumuina

New Zealand front rowers, Charlie Faumuina and Dane Coles, admits that any Wales prop or hooker, whether starting or coming off the replacement bench, will be a fierce tussle.

Faumuina, who is a strong runner as well but his stronger suit will have to be his physical prowess at scrum time, has amassed 33 caps for New Zealand and believes that neutralising Lee at the scrum will give the hosts an edge over Wales.

While Coles, a prolific runner with ball in hand known for crossing the whitewash more frequently than of his fellow All Black front rowers, has also made 33 appearances for the two-time World champions, since making his debut in 2012.

"No matter who goes in or out, they're forward focused, and they love to play off their set piece," Faumuina told Stuff.

"Whoever gets the opportunity to go out first has to look to wear them down.

"Samson is a big scrumagger – that's his bread and butter. It's about us making sure we wear him out throughout the game."

The 29-year-old Coles has, however, noticed that Wales are giving the tight five more freedom to run with the ball as opposed to trying to run over the opposition.

"They played a bit different against the English, their forwards were using the ball a bit more, trying to bring a different skillset, I reckon," Coles said.

"They're pretty dominant at scrum time as well, like most of those (northern) sides, and they'll rate their chances up front. 

"So it's a good challenge for our group going up against them. There's a little bit of new stuff but they're still the traditional Welsh side looking to base a lot of their attack off set piece stuff."

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