Wales captain Ryan Jones has urged his team to "play smart" against the renowned physical threat of Samoa tomorrow night.
Jones and company know exactly what is coming from the South Sea Islanders: an abrasive, big-hitting approach that makes them dangerous opponents.
And when the considerable skills of world-class backs like Seilala Mapusua and David Lemi are bolted on, Samoa possess enough attacking weapons to make life distinctly uncomfortable.
The fixture’s history should also jolt Wales, given they have only beaten Samoa three times from six attempts, with two of those defeats being suffered in Cardiff during World Cup campaigns.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland is taking few chances, retaining 10 of the side that started last Saturday’s Millennium Stadium defeat against New Zealand, including six 2009 Lions.
“It’s a huge mark of respect to Samoa, who are a serious threat,” said Ospreys number eight Jones. “There are not sweeping changes, which allows us to build on our performance of last week.
“There is a core of the team still in place, while it is a fantastic opportunity for those guys coming in which they have got to take with two hands.
“They (Samoa) are going to be big, they are going to be physical, they are going to be direct. We’ve got to confront that challenge and be extremely combative.
“The set-piece is going to be key for us and the breakdown area, as it always is. We have got to play smart and make sure we’ve got a good balance to our game.
“It is important we focus on the stuff that’s good in our game and impose that on them. The key for us is making sure we get our own house in order. We know what is good in our game, and we’ve got to build on that.
“We’ve been emphasising the need to execute things correctly time and time again. That is how you squeeze and pressure teams and then, when they are under pressure, you’ve got to make sure you score points.”