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Rugby | Springboks

Wilco Louw replaces Coenie Oosthuizen



Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen suffered a broken arm in Saturday’s enthralling 23-23 draw between the Springboks and the Wallabies in Perth and he will be replaced by uncapped Wilco Louw of the DHL Western Province.

Oosthuizen sustained the injury in the second half of the thrilling encounter which ended in a draw after both sides scored two converted tries and three penalties each. He will visit a specialist in Durban on his return to South Africa.

Louw is due to join the Springbok squad on Monday evening in Auckland.

The draw means that the Springboks are now in second place on the Castle Lager Rugby Championship log, three points behind New Zealand, who they play next weekend in Albany, North Harbour.

Afterwards, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said he was disappointed with the result but pleased with the players’ effort on the night. The Springboks fell behind 10-20 just after halftime but showed great fighting spirit to grab a 23-20 lead towards the end.

A successful Wallaby penalty locked the scores at 23-all, while Springbok pivot Elton Jantjies had his drop kick charged down after the final hooter.

“The Springboks will never be happy with a draw,” Coetzee told media at the post-match press conference.

“I am however satisfied with the overall performance, because the team showed great character in their fightback. We had three line-breaks and no reward in the last couple of minutes.”

According to Coetzee, the most pleasing aspects of the match was his side’s defensive effort, especially how the side adjusted their plan in the second half.

“We also continue to scrum well and our lineout also functioned well plus we saw a massive improvement in our mauling tonight,” added Bok coach.

“There’s a lot of respect between the two sides and our results have always been very close. Australia are one of the top sides in the world and they gave us a great contest out there.”

The Springboks travel to Auckland on Sunday morning, and Coetzee will name his starting team to face the All Blacks, on Thursday.



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