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Louw's injury not serious - Meyer

17th November 2013 18:27


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Precaution: Francois Louw

South Africa boss Heyneke Meyer lauded his side's efforts after their 28-0 win over Scotland, whilst allaying fears over Francois Louw.

The Springbok boss was delighted with the ruthlessness shown by the visitors in the Scottish capital.

"We put in a very clinical performance, I was very pleased with that," said Meyer.

"We played some great rugby - we really took the right options at the right times.

"I was delighted with that great try we scored right off the kick-off, it really showed we can play that type of rugby in these conditions."

But more so than the offensive prowess of the Boks, Meyer was visibly satisfied by keeping the Scots finishing having been unable to score any points.

"Last week (against Wales) we didn't give away any tries, which was awesome," added Meyer.

"Today we didn't give them any points, which I'm very happy with. Especially at the end, down to 14 men (after Marcel Coetzee's yellow card).

"That's what I like about this team. They don't give any points away, they put their bodies on the line."

When asked on the neck injury that saw flanker Francois Louw stretchered off late in the second-half, Meyer calmed fears his flanker would face a lengthy spell on the touchline.

"I've spoken to the doctor and it's probably a precautionary measure," stated Meyer.

"He should be fine. We'll still monitor him and see how it goes, but the doctor is hopeful he will be fine."

But there was worse news regarding tighthead prop Frans Malherbe, who was replaced in the first-half.

"[Malherbe] injured his rib cartilage," confirmed Meyer.

"The doctor will only make a decision tomorrow, but at this stage, we are not very hopeful he will be able to continue on tour."

by Jamie Lyall

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