Louw at lock for Boks?

2011-09-14 07:30

Cape Town - The injury crisis at lock for the Springboks could force coach Peter de Villiers to play loose forward Francois Louw in the second row against Fiji in Wellington on Saturday.

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With Victor Matfield already ruled out with an injured hamstring, Johann Muller in doubt after also hurting his hamstring during training on Tuesday and Bakkies Botha still struggling with an Achilles injury, De Villiers could be left with no other choice than to pick Louw at lock.

At 1.90m, Louw might be a bit too short to play there, but the 26-year-old says he is up for the challenge.

"I'll play lock any time - it will be wonderful just to take part," a smiling Louw told Die Burger newspaper at the team's hotel in Wellington.

Louw incidentally last started a Test for the Boks in the very same city - Wellington - in last year's Tri-Nations against the All Blacks. He was then dropped from the side and only played as a replacement for 22 minutes against the All Blacks in Soweto. Since then, he has not played for the Springboks. Therefore, he is relishing a potential second chance in New Zealand.

"It was naturally disappointing not to tour to the Northern Hemisphere last year or to play in the Tri-Nations this year, but I have this opportunity now.

"It's important to make the best out of any situation and to show that it was the right decision to get me involved," said Louw.


  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-14 07:37

    Oh what a difference Duane and Andries would have made to this damn squad.

      gooinat - 2011-09-14 07:43

      Morning Saffa:):):)Duane and Andries,now you talking!!!!! - 2011-09-14 07:54

      @SAFFA- CAT, Ek se nie ons moet Flo op slot speel nie, wat my egter beindruk is die bereidwilligheid van hom op daar te gaan speel. Ek speel liewer met n speler uit posisie wat dit as n positiewe geleentheid aangryp as n speler wat in sy posiesie speel maar onderpresteer. Ek dink n goeie kombinasie is Alberts op slot met Burger op agsteman met Flo en Brus op flank......mits Brus nie met n beseering speel nie....behalwe n paar goeie oomlikke in die tweede helfte het dit beslis gelyk of hy steeds beseer is. Feit is ons het probleme met beseerings (soos die CB spanne ook) en sal dit baie mooi en reg moet bestuur.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-14 08:01

      @Gooinat - morning! @Diza - agree with your sentiments re: injuries and managing players. It is not only the Boks who are struggling. Sheridan gone for the Poms. The Samoans picked up a few (what looked to be) serious injuries against Namibia etc etc. The best all teams can do is manage what they have and obey the cardinal rule: Don't play a man who is carrying an injury of any sort - ever.

      Marx - 2011-09-14 08:04

      Diza, as ek 100k kan kry vir een wen teen Fidji sou ek ook enige posisie speel!!!!

      Really - 2011-09-14 08:13

      Hoekom hardloop Burger agteruit in die tackle. Weet hy nie waar is die doellyn nie? Vlou Louw op slot. hehehe

      Brannas - 2011-09-14 08:18

      More stormers in the team, I think the Bokke can book their flight back to SA right now, the writing is on the wall.

      Really - 2011-09-14 08:20

      Yip brannas. Chocker mentaliteit gaan nou begin toeneem.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-14 08:33

      @Brannas, instead of dribbling spit and your breakfast on this forum - go and watch the end of the Canada/Tonga game. It has been great.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-14 08:37

      ....naughty Andries Bekker plays is best rugby on the "park bench"... .....and overrated Duanne Vermeulen is as slow as a tortoise...!! ........he he he he he he he he he he..!!!

      Brannas - 2011-09-14 08:39

      Sorry Girl, fortunately I am one of those productive persons and I cannot sit in front of a tv or pc like you and dribble crap all day. Cheers Mrs. Potgieter. I need to go now - 2011-09-14 08:40

      Naa Brannas , we will at least loose in in the semi's or the final. Thank god we loosing bulls we might of ended 7th in our group. All the Bulls played kuk against Wales. But i geuss that's what you get for choosing losers. hahahahaha

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-14 08:44

      @Brannas - you are obviously not an able multi-tasker then..........Driftas - heard of them?

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-09-14 08:45

      @Diza - Argies are sweating over Contepomi (sp ) and ABs have concerns over DC. Not only do the Poms one or two injury concerns but they also have a 2 match ban to deal with. One advantage of us taking our more "mature" squad is that we are less likely to "get involved" and give away yellow cards, I hope :)

      Maori - 2011-09-14 09:11

      Carter is being rested for the Japan game due to a sore back - check Stuff. The medics call it precautionery measures - all sides will have serious injuries - it's rugby, after all. On reading the recent comments from the saffa fans, it seems that only DC and McCaw can get injured. Go ALL BLACKS!!

      draaft - 2011-09-14 10:04

      @SAFFA, Juan Smith would have been even better.... A captain/loosie/makeshift lock... he is obviously the most sorely missed..

      Lance - 2011-09-14 11:31

      Good news is Bekker and Vermeulen are young enough to be the "ou manne" at the next RWC :-)

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-14 11:35

      @Really - Burger hardloop agteruit sodat Spies kan sien waar die bal is en waarheen hy moet hardloop - en hel hy kry dit nognie reg nie !!!!

      StaalBurgher - 2011-09-14 14:13

      Now we know why Ndungane should have been swapped for a lock.

  • gooinat - 2011-09-14 07:38

    Playing players out of position=playing with fire!!!!!Rather play Alberts at lock he's got experience at playing there.

  • Marx - 2011-09-14 07:38

    Ag please, there's only one logical choice and that's Alberts playing with Rossouw. Flo needs to play as fetcher, that's why he's there.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-09-14 07:43

    Time to make that call to Gerhard Mostert.

      riaan swart - 2011-09-14 08:02

      Yebo yes send the grandfathers back to SA

  • slg - 2011-09-14 07:45

    Near-perfect reflection of the shambles SARU has made of SA rugby

  • - 2011-09-14 07:47

    I said it and I will say it again. You cant rely on guys over the age of 30 to win you a world cup, should of been building a younger side after the 2007 world cup.

      BreakdownBoy - 2011-09-14 15:49

      Dude, the average age of the England (WC winning team) team that won 2003 was 29, the average age of the 2011 Bok squad is 27, so what is your point exactly. Also the AB's of 2011 have an older squad than we do. So there.

  • Slasher27 - 2011-09-14 07:50

    Shouldn't be a major issue for the rest of the pool games.Our locks can recover.

  • olivier62 - 2011-09-14 07:51

    play Spies at lock, keep him away from the no.8

  • Jannie - 2011-09-14 08:02

    Play Bismark on lock, we need him on the field, yet he won't play at hooker, cause Smit is tacking up space

      On the Verge - 2011-09-14 08:17

      Seeing as they're fixed on playing John Smit, I rekon Bizzie should play blindside. That way we can have two world class fetchers on the flank. Flo should have stayed at home, and they should bring over Gerhard Mostert.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-14 08:12

    Anyone watching Canada vs Tonga? This little 13 for Canada from Worcester, vd Merwe hasn't been half bad.........Anyone have a list available of exactly how many Saffas are playing in this WC - all the teams? Italy, Australia, England, Namibia etc etc.

      POLAR_BEAR - 2011-09-14 09:04

      SAFFA-CAT - we may be seeing a lot more of that in the future.

      Espresso - 2011-09-14 10:30

      Importers and Exporters Importers 15: Samoa (all from New Zealand) 12: USA 11: Italy 10: Japan 9: Tonga 8: England 7: Australia, Scotland 5: Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Wales 4: Ireland, New Zealand 2: France, Russia 1: South Africa 0: Argentina, Georgia, Romania Exporters 38: New Zealand 13: Australia, South Africa 6: Argentina, England 5: American Samoa, Samoa 4: Tonga 3: Fiji 2: Hong Kong, USA, Zimbabwe 1: Burkina Faso, Canada, Cote d'Ivoire, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Scotland, Uzbekistan 0: France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Namibia, Romania, Russia, Wales

      Espresso - 2011-09-14 10:51

      Aus: Dan Vickerman (RSA), Radike Samo (Fiji), Will Genia (Papua New Guinea), Stephen Moore (Saudi Arabia), David Pocock (RSA), Quade Cooper (NZ), Digby Ioane (NZ) Canada: Nanyak Dala (Nigeria), DTH van der Merwe (RSA), Jeremy Kyne (NZ), Jamie Mackenzie (Scotland), James Pritchard (Aus) England: Joe Simpson (Aus), Delon Armitage (Trinidad & Tobago), Alex Corbisiero (USA), Matt Stevens (RSA), Dylan Hartley (NZ), Simon Shaw (Kenya), Shontayne Hape (NZ), Manu Tuilagi (Samoa) Fiji: Nicky Little (NZ), Campese Ma'afu (Aus), Deacon Manu (NZ), Vitori Tomu Buatava (Aus), Michael Tagicakibau (NZ) France: Thierry Dusautoir (Côte d'Ivoire), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso) Ireland: Ronan O'Gara (USA), Isaac Boss (NZ), Jamie Heaslip (Israel), Tom Court (Aus) Italy: Carlo Del Fava (RSA), Corniel van Zyl (RSA), Quintin Geldenhuys (RSA), Martin Castrogiovanni (Argentina), Pablo Canavosio (Argentina), Luciano Orquera (Argentina), Gonzalo Garcia (Argentina), Robert Barbieri (Canada), Sergio Parisse (Argentina), Gonzalo Canale (Argentina), Luke McLean (Aus) Japan: Luke Thompson (NZ), Michael Leitch (NZ), Ryukoliniasi Holani (Tonga), Shaun Webb (NZ), Justin Ives (NZ), Sione Talikavili Vatuvei (Tonga), James Arlidge (NZ), Murray Williams (NZ), Ryan Nicholas (Aus), Alisi Tupuailai (Samoa)

      Espresso - 2011-09-14 10:52

      Namibia: Jacques Nieuwenhuis (RSA), Piet van Zyl (RSA), Danie Dames (RSA), Chrysander Botha (RSA), Conrad Marais (RSA) NZ: Mils Muliaina (Samoa), Ben Franks (Aus), Jerome Kaino (Samoa), Isaia Toeava (Samoa) Russia: Adam Byrnes (Aus), Vyacheslav Grachev (Uzbekistan) Samoa: Census Johnston (NZ), Anthony Perenise (NZ), Olé Avei (NZ), Daniel Leo (NZ), Kane Thompson (NZ), Kahn Fotuali'i (NZ), Jeremy Sua (NZ), Tusi Pisi (NZ), Sailosi Tagicakibau (NZ), James So'oialo (NZ), Ti'i Paulo (NZ), Filipo Lavea Levi (NZ), Junior Poluleuligaga (NZ), Tasesa Lavea (NZ), Paul Williams (NZ) Scotland: John Barclay (Hong Kong), Nathan Hines (Aus), Dan Parks (Aus), Jim Hamilton (Eng), Ruaridh Jackson (Eng), Max Evans (Eng), Graeme Morrison( Hong Kong) RSA: Tendai Mtawarira (Zimbabwe) Tonga: Tukulua Lokotui (NZ), Kurt Morath (NZ), Alipate Fatafehi (Fiji), Ephraim Taukafa (NZ), Joseph Tuineau (Fiji), Thomas Palu (NZ), Andrew Ma'ilei (NZ), William Helu (NZ), Siale Piutau (NZ) USA: Takudzwa Ngwenya (Zimbabwe), Iñaki Basauri (Mexico), JJ Gagiano (RSA), Matekitonga Moeakiola (Tonga), Valenise Malifa (American Samoa), Hayden Smith (Aus), Tai Enosa (American Samoa), Andrew Suniula (American Samoa), James Paterson (NZ), Tim Usasz (Aus), Junior Sifa (American Samoa), Roland Suniula (American Samoa) Wales: Luke Charteris(Eng) Danny Lydiate(Eng) Toby Faletau(Tonga) Jonathan Davies(Eng) George North(Eng)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-14 12:11

      THANKS @ESPRESSO :) Sheez, this makes for interesting reading.

  • John - 2011-09-14 08:17

    I would play Willem Alberts at lock.

  • Goliver - 2011-09-14 08:21

    If you go on tour with injured player who only wants to reach their personal goals of records test caps,you are always going to have a problem. Does anybody ever watch Spies play? He is an pathetic eightsman and his work rate is terrible,he should not be on the field .

      Brannas - 2011-09-14 08:25

      Ditto for palooka Schalk, he should pick grapes on his father's farm.

      gooinat - 2011-09-14 08:30

      Ditto for Spies,he should rather go back to making Outsurance ads,even if they use a body double in all the contact.

  • DeonL - 2011-09-14 08:24

    Some other good news, Habanna is injured. Aploon or Hougaardt.

      Rationalist - 2011-09-14 08:47

      Apparently they are thinking of Odwa. Personally would rather have Hougaart start.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-09-14 08:52

      I hear talk of Odwa, which might not be a bad thing. How about Hougie at 9, give the old man ( Fourie ) a rest, looks like he needs it. Aplon on the bench?

  • Marcel - 2011-09-14 08:41 "Brussouw 'n paar goeie oomblikke in die tweede helfte"? Waaragtig?

  • Alihandro - 2011-09-14 08:54

    What a dumb ass article, obviously they won't play Louw at lock. Louw is probably just saying that you would even play at lock. Alberts at lock and Flouw as replacement loosie.

  • NiP_sLiP - 2011-09-14 09:19

    These are the games that you try something new especially under these circumstances with unforseen injuries. Its nothing too drastic and Louw has played there before, his allround play is good and he is a safe bet against this type of opposition, I dont have any problem with it, it might even be a blessing in disguise. What the last game proved is that we need some proper bruisers in the pack, we missed Bakkies and when Bizzie and Alberts came on the difference was there for all to see. I think Louw can play a similar role as thes guys in loose play and help the backline receive ball on the front foot.

  • Babs Visser - 2011-09-14 09:19

    Yes, age is a sure factor for all the injuries at the moment, ask any 60 year old! Not that any of our players are 60 years old but some of them are already half way there! So, go with the younger players who are still supple and fit and can play until the last minute without getting tired or sustain injuries. It is a sure fact that a youger body is more supple!

  • Big Lowie - 2011-09-14 09:21

    Brannas it seems you have no clue about rugby, perhaps marbles better for you.

  • popeye - 2011-09-14 09:31

    Play Pierre Spies at lock with Alberts at no 8?

  • NiP_sLiP - 2011-09-14 09:33

    No ways we could have played this world cup without the senior players, looked at what happened on the away leg of the tri-nations when we sent all the super 15 "form" players with little international experience ......... we got smashed. Most of the senior players are still good enouph and those that are not at their best, you know who I am talking about, can still play there part.

      vdwjasper - 2011-09-14 12:22

      Problems were the same: a poor Morne Steyn and John Smit. Also, name the "form" players in the 3N away leg that you have mentioned? Zane Kirchner? Lol. I would say Mvovo, Lambie and Flip vd Merwe was quality, (Jean Deysel if he had more game time before the call up), but the rest never deserved the Green jersey.

  • NiP_sLiP - 2011-09-14 09:36

    Brannas is probably Snor in disguise looking for some coaching advice on this Forum, if this is the case he is in real troube!

  • Davearch - 2011-09-14 10:17

    Surely Alberts at lock and Louw on flank would be better

  • Greegs - 2011-09-14 10:49

    Not a bad idea as he also fetches well. We need to be direct and outpace the Fijians out wide.

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-09-14 10:54

    don't you just love flo, a trully good oke

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-09-14 11:52

    Is there something wrong with our training methods that we so often have players injured in training. We're ending up fielding a second rate forward pack against Fiji, not a good idea. Lock is such an important position as well. Damn!

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