Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
20 Nov 2013
6:00 am

Boks brace for scrum onslaught

Rudolph Jacobs

The neck injury Springbok flank Francois Louw picked up against Scotland last week is not likely to rule him out of the French Test this weekend – but he is not in the clear just yet.

READY. Springbok scrum doctor Pieter de Villiers believes that Coenie Oosthuizen, above, has grown into his new role as tighthead. Picture: Gallo Images

Louw left the field on a stretcher late in the game after being hit in a ruck by charging Scottish lock Jim Hamilton.

But yesterday Bok team doctor Craig Roberts said all indications are he should be ready.

“Francois got a big knock on his neck, which caused a sting in his arm, but he saw a specialist after the game, came home with the guys and also spent some time with the rest of the guys at the function,” said Roberts.

“The next 48 hours (from yesterday) will be crucial and we will keep monitoring him, but we are all very positive he should be able to play.”

Roberts also discussed the other two big injuries, of prop Frans Malherbe (ribs), who had to return home, and flank Willem Alberts (shoulder).

“Willem picked up a Grade 1 strain in his AC joint the previous week against Wales and that’s why we pulled him off early against Scotland as a precaution, but he should be fine to face France,” he said. “Frans, however was the big injury of last week, he popped a rib and as we all know a prop can’t scrum like that.”

Former French prop and now Bok scrum consultant Pieter de Villiers indicated that the scrum challenge of the French could be one of the biggest on tour.

“France always pride themselves on having a big scrum so it could be a big challenge for us, but our systems have also fired well,” he said.

“Coenie (Oosthuizen) has grown in his role as tighthead, while Lourens (Adriaanse) has also progressed well through the systems. We have confidence in both of them.”