Caretaker coach Nigel Davies would be happy to win ugly when Wales take on world champions South Africa in the Prince Williams Cup clash at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Davies, who is in charge on a one-match basis before New Zealander Warren Gatland takes over on a four-year contract next month, wants a victory over the Springboks to go some way to heal the wounds of Wales' early Rugby World Cup exit last month.
Wales had been due to play the Springboks in the quarter-final in France but Fiji put paid to those ambitions in the final pool game.
Davies believes the game in Cardiff can go some way to healing those wounds.
"I think we have accolades put on us at the World Cup with some great games. But we didn't actually win them," said Davies.
"If we play ugly on Saturday and win it will be great.
"I think the players are excited. They see this as an opportunity. There is a new synergy and I hope to see that at the weekend."
Davies had reduced his original squad of 31 down to 24 by discarding Shane Williams (thigh injury) and Matthew Rees (hand), Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Cooper, Adam Jones, Morgan Stoddart and Ian Gough.
However, Stoddart has now been re-drafted in as cover in a 25-man squad before the starting line-up is announced tomorrow.
"We have had clear principles behind our selection," added Davies. "We have looked at the players who have been effective in terms of their work rate but how effective and efficient they have been within that.
"Also one of the selection criteria was that we believe these players can bring an intellectual approach to the game. Because I think the game at the top level needs people to understand and react to situations in front of them."
Davies said there was a balance to be struck between picking a side for a one-off international and also looking forward to the Gatland era.
"As far as I'm concerned it's a squad for one game. I think we have freshened it up and there are a lot of young players included who will be a big part of Welsh rugby."
On Gavin Henson, who has not made a Wales start since last November's draw with Australia at the Millennium Stadium, Davies said: "There is no doubt at all that he is getting back to where he can actually be. I watched him at Kingsholm on Friday night (Gloucester v Ospreys) and to play as well as he did in such a hostile atmosphere was a big step forward."
Wales have one injury concern ahead of Saturday: full-back Lee Byrne is nursing an ankle injury which is serious enough for Davies to draft in Scarlets number 15 Stoddart.
"We didn't realise how bad Lee's injury was until yesterday. It is a problem. He went over on his ankle in the Ospreys clash at Gloucester," said Davies.
"There is a question mark over whether he will be able to train tomorrow. In the event Morgan Stoddart has been brought into the squad and he has taken a full part in this morning's session."
Davies insisted he would have no problem blooding Stoddart at full-back along with Tom James, the 20-year-old Blues wing who is tipped for a full debut with Shane Williams ruled out.
"The youngsters are for the future and you have to blood them sometime," insisted Davies.
The Welsh Rugby Union confirmed that Gatland would not be present at the stadium on Saturday.
"As we have said from day one this is Nigel's Test match, Nigel's leading it. I think he has picked up the ball and run with it. I think he has introduced a lot of new thinking. We are hugely impressed with what Nigel has done," said WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis.