Springboks still believe they can win the World cup

Francois Louw still believes the Springboks can be world champions

The Springboks may have lost their opening match in the Rugby World Cup but they still believe that they can win the Rugby World Cup.

No team has been beaten in the Pool stages and gone on to win the rugby World Cup but the South African Rugby side believe they can be the first to do so.

“Our backs are against the wall right now,” said Louw as they prepare to face Samoa on Saturday.

“We have three tough games ahead of us. We are not going to underestimate any team in the World Cup. I don’t think we ever did.”

A defiant Louw has insisted the Springboks World Cup campaign is not over and said, “Losing a game doesn’t mean you are down and out.”

The last year has not been one of South African Rugby’s best year as they lost to Ireland and Wales on tour last year and this year have suffered losses to
Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and now Japan.

The Springboks are however still far from finished in the Rugby World Cup as they scored four tries in their 34-32 loss to Japan and also earned a losing
bonus point from the loss.

Thirty-year-old Louw scored one of South Africa’s tries against Japan and said that they are still confident they can go all the way.

“I think we are in a position where we have to feel confident about that,”
said Louw.

“We need to pull together. We know what needs to be done. I believe we have the ability to pull back together, to pull tight, to look forward and deflect
any negativity.”

Players and coaches say the Springboks have carefully analysed what went wrong in the dramatic Pool B game in Brighton on Saturday decided by a try in the
dying seconds.

After the biggest upset in World Cup history, South Africa have vowed to come roaring back in their game against Samoa in Birmingham on Saturday.

“There are six games left all the way to the final. We’ll take each game as it comes and this week our focus is on Samoa,” said Louw.

“We need to pull together. We know what needs to be done. I believe we have the ability to pull back together, to pull tight, to look forward and deflect
any negativity.

“We’ve hit a bit of a stumbling block. It’s time to regroup and pull together in a positive way. Our focus is to climb the pool and finish
top.

“It’s still in our hands, still in our grasp to go through the pool games and qualify for the play-offs.”

Louw said that South Africa’s is to prove that they are still one of the leading rugby nations.

“We know we can produce. We know the brand of rugby we can play. We can beat any side in the world.

“We need to win every single game now. It has not been a great moment for South Africa and South African rugby history. It is what it is and we have
to face up to reality and turn it around.”

South African hooker Bismarck du Plessis — who like Louw scored a try — also revealed how the team has put the shock of defeat behind them.

“I don’t think you can stay angry for too long,” said Du Plessis, who was a member of the Springbok side that won the 2007 World Cup.

“I have never been on a more quiet bus than the one from Eastbourne to Birmingham, 99.9 per cent of the guys were just listening to their own music, or reading the newspaper or reading a book. You have to deal with it yourself
first.”

But the mood has changed, the 31-year-old added.

“The nice thing is the sun comes up again. You have to stay positive and stay focused for the weekend. You can’t go out and have that anger in you. You
have just got to stick to your process.”

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