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15 Oct 2015
3:38 pm

Boks up for physical Welsh encounter


Flank Francois Louw says the Springboks will face a physical encounter from Wales in the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on Saturday.

Bismarck du Plessis with Tendai Mtawarira and Fourie du Preez (captain) of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James Park on October 03, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

“They are very efficient at the breakdown and will try and get guys to come quick over the ball,” said Louw on Thursday.

“The breakdown will be crucial if we want to stop each other’s momentum in the game.”

It will be the Boks’ first visit to the home of English rugby since they played there last November, beating England in a pulsating encounter.

Louw, who plays for English club Bath, has played at Twickenham since then and said he and his team-mates can’t wait to run out in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday.

“Twickenham is a fantastic place to play at, in front of a very knowledgeable and vibrant crowd. It’s the home of English rugby and the vibe on Saturday will be electric on such a huge occasion.

“We certainly can’t wait for the match and although we’ve recently enjoyed some good results there, that is history – we’ve got a plan to execute this weekend and we can’t wait for the challenge.”

When asked about his return to Twickenham this weekend, Louw, who will earn his 41st cap for South Africa on Saturday, said: “My last match there, for Bath in the Premiership Final, didn’t end well, but that is irrelevant now as this is a new team, a new opponent and a new competition.

“The focus for me is now solely on the Springboks and Saturday’s quarter-final against a very good Welsh team.”

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– African News Agency (ANA).