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Wed Apr 23 16:04:03 SAST 2014

Champions will keep it tight against Fiji

LIAM DEL CARME in Wellington | 14 September, 2011 12:240 Comments
South Africa IRB RWC 2011 Captain's Run
Francois Louw in action during the South African captain's run at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images/Getty Images

The Springboks won't succumb to the allure of over-ambitious rugby on Saturday against Fiji - as they did on Sunday against Wales.

It is because the Fijians will be quick to seize that lethal combination of time and space.

"We haven't finalised our game plan, but we will be keeping it [the ball] with the forwards and keeping to our strong points. We have a big solid pack, which is one of our strong points," flanker Francois Louw said.

The Springboks got a little over-eager in attack after Frans Steyn scored early on against Wales. Keeping control of the ball, particularly when it is under the protective blanket of their forwards, will be essential against Fiji.

"We will vary [our play against] different sides," said Louw. "This past weekend the guys started off pretty well and the plan seemed to work very well the first 10 minutes and one could see the full effects of the Bok attack.

"I haven't had a chance to play against Fiji, but I suspect they are going to play an expansive game. Obviously, they will look to be physical and spread the ball and use it to their benefit with their skills."

Apart from having to contend with inspired Wales captain Sam Warburton at the ruck on Sunday, the Springboks at times found themselves on the wrong side of Wayne Barnes's whistle at the ruck. Louw, a man skilled in the mechanics of the breakdown, takes his cue from the referee.

"It is a referee's interpretation there. It is not black or white. Some referees will go a little more to the side, some will say you released or you didn't," Louw said.

"It is a split-second decision and everyone sees it differently, but it is an area of focus for them at the breakdown. So you have to be sharp on your laws there and play according to the referee's calls," he added.

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