Rugby Championship

Flo: All Blacks are quality, but beatable

2016-10-03 17:55
Francois Louw (Gallo)

Durban - One of the key leadership figures in the current Springbok set-up, Francois Louw, insists that the All Blacks can be beaten on Saturday. 

South Africa will go into their final Rugby Championship match of the season as overwhelming underdogs when they take on the world champions in Durban. 

The Boks were walloped 41-13 in the reverse fixture in Christchurch back on September 17 as the All Blacks continued their undefeated streak.

Steve Hansen's men have now won 16 straight Test matches and they can equal the record for the most consecutive Test wins of 17 with victory over the Boks in Durban. 

That record currently belongs to both the Springboks and the All Blacks and the Springboks certainly would like to keep it that way.

An 18-10 win over Australia last weekend has at least got the Boks back on the winning trail, but there are few who fancy them at Kings Park.

Louw, though, is standing firm. 

"Any team is beatable," he said in Durban on Monday.

"Obviously they’re on a good run at the moment and in contention for a record, but that’s their own record they’re chasing.

"To us, it’s a Test match against the All Blacks in South Africa, on home soil.

"It’s a big opportunity and a big responsibility that lies ahead. They definitely are beatable, but to be honest, everybody knows that they’re playing top rugby at the moment."

Louw called for the Boks to show more consistency against the All Blacks, saying the win over Australia was "still not the perfect match". 

"They’re a solid force and they have good depth in the squad," Louw said of the Kiwis.

"It will be a hell of a challenge and a hell of a game.

"But no way can we go into the game thinking they’re unbeatable. We’re going to go out there and formulate our game plan this week and try and execute that to the best of our ability."

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