We’re not concerned about the All Blacks – Louw

Date published: October 18 2015

Springbok flanker Francois Louw says the Boks aren't too worried about facing the mighty All Blacks in next week's semi-final. 

South Africa booked their place in the semi-finals with a hardfought win over Wales at Twickenham before New Zealand crushed France 62-13 in Cardiff with a stunning display.

However despite that impressive performance, Louw was not overly concerned about facing the reigning champions.

“We managed to watch bits and pieces of the match last night. It was a great victory for them but we're not too concerned about them. To be the best you have to beat the best and we just have to take it week by week,” said Louw. 

“It’s always nice to play against the All Blacks, even more so in a World Cup. Our paths have crossed a lot in the past, it’s always a derby for us so we’re expecting a hell of a tough game and we will plan and execute it accordingly.”

The Boks managed to edge past Wales with a 23-19 victory and Louw feels that there is still room for improvement. 

"It wasn’t a perfect game from our perspective, particularly in the breakdown, there’s a few more tweaks here and there we need to do. We are going to review the game and then plan for the weekend. So we will have time to make the changes and take it from there." 

The victory over Wales came at price with hooker Bismarck du Plessis (hand injury) and lock Lood de Jager (foot tendon) in doubt for next weekend's semi-final clash.

“They are both immense players. Bismarck has really improved and his record speaks for itself. Lood has really stepped up well to that number five position too.

“He (Lood) presents himself massively on the field in our defence, he will be a big loss should it go that way and so will Bismarck (du Plessis)."