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Mon Apr 21 16:54:38 SAST 2014

Boks not panicking, says Louw

TEAMtalk Media | 05 September, 2012 14:000 Comments
South Africa Springboks Training Session
Francois Louw (L) and Johan Goosen look on during a Springboks training session at Hale School on September 5, 2012 in Perth, Australia
Image by: Paul Kane / Getty Images

Recalled flank Francois Louw said the Boks were not panicking despite being outplayed at the breakdown against Argentina recently.

Louw is set to make an impact off the bench in Saturday's Test against Australia and his addition to the squad is specifically for his ball-poaching abilities.

The 27-year-old, who is plying his trade with Aviva Premiership outfit Bath, last played for the Springboks at last year's World Cup and is raring to go if he gets on the field.

"It is very exciting, it is a massive honour," he said.

"Getting called back to represent your country is a huge situation to be in and I'm just happy to be with the boys now.

"There is no sense of panic at all (in the squad) and everything is not going to be thrown out of the window.

"The most important thing is to stay on task, have composure, work on your mistakes and try and fix those errors and advance on things that you did well on the weekend."

Louw joined the Springbok squad on Monday after playing for Bath at the weekend. Despite not being involved with his national team this year he has kept an eye on their progress, especially in the matches against Argentina.

"They did well in the first game to get the victory while the draw in Mendoza was not an ideal outcome, but that just shows how tough this tournament is and that Argentina is not a side that you can take lightly," he said.

"A game like that is going to be a wake-up call and that is something that we as a team can feed off of going into the last four games."

The former Western Province and Stormers stalwart expects the Wallabies to present a different challenge to what he experiences in the northern hemisphere.

"Australia will bring a different type of game to what I have been used to for the last few months but in terms of being a loose forward your role is the same," he explained.

"You have to hunt those breakdowns, you have to make your tackles and you have to provide options for the backs."

About his role of stealing his opposition's ball and retaining possession for his team, Louw believes accuracy at the breakdown plays an important role as an openside flanker.

"It is an area where you have to be 100 percent sure about what you are doing," he stated.

"It is a fine line that you walk and to be effective you have to sit on that line but it is a difficult thing to do and you will be punished for any little mistake and then you are three points behind again."

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