Boks likely to keep it tight
THE perils of overambitious attacking rugby were laid bare in the Springboks' narrow victory over Wales but they are unlikely to succumb to the same allure against Fiji on Saturday.
Springbok flank Francois Louw doesn't need to be reminded of what the pacy Fijians are capable of when given time and space.
"We haven't finalised our game plan for the weekend, but we will definitely be keeping it (the ball) with the forwards and keeping to our strong points is the most important thing. We have a big solid pack, which is definitely one of our strong points, but we still have some analysis to do this week and hopefully we will finalise things pretty soon," Louw said.
Having failed to register a try in their two home Tri-Nations matches, the Boks 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, seems a no-brainer against Fiji.
Louw said: "This past weekend the guys started off pretty well and the plan seemed to work very well for the first 10 minutes. One could definitely see the full effects of the Bok attack."
"I suppose the biggest thing was that we didn't hold onto the ball. This weekend will hopefully be better. We were on the defence most of the time and they were attacking, which is not the position you want to be in. I haven't had a chance to play against Fiji, but I suspect they are going to play an expansive game."