'Withdrawal of Alberts didn't hurt Bok team'

Springbok flank Francois Louw says the withdrawal of Willem Alberts didn’t have a big impact on the side.

Springbok flank Francois Louw says the withdrawal of Willem Alberts didn’t have a big impact on the side.

CAPE TOWN - Springbok flank Francois Louw says because the team has a lot of depth, Willem Alberts withdrawal from the squad didn't have a big impact on the side.

Alberts picked up a hamstring injury hours before Saturday's Rugby Championship test against Argentina.

He was replaced by Marcell Coetzee in the starting line-up.

As a result, Golden Lions captain Warren Whiteley has been drafted into the squad for the tour.

Louw says they have lots of experience in the squad.

"Marcel Coetzee putting his hand up. He's not a youngster, he's a veteran to a certain extent. He played enough tests to know what's going on and I think it was a good performance from him. I think that's what our team's all about and that's what we're building on going forward."

The Springboks have departed for Argentina, for their second test against the Pumas.

That match will be played in Salta on Saturday evening.

Louw says they expected Argentina to be physical.

"The guys are going to try and get away with as much as they can, out of the refs vision or off camera, but it's something we have to adapt to. We want to focus on our game, play effective hard rugby. Try not to get caught up in those things, but sometimes it does happen."

Louw says despite their struggles in Argentina in the past, they are positive about their South American trip this time around.

"We go into a mind-set into every game of wanting to play the best rugby you can, wanting to perform, wanting to execute and I think that it's a mind-set we are going to take over there again this time around. With the World Cup being in England next year, Louw believes the team needs to adapt better to playing in heavy rain.

"The game plan is slightly different when the rain comes down and when it is wet, tightening up, more of a kicking game rather. It's that mind-set change and the execution within that, that really makes a difference in the end and I think that at times we did that but at other times we could have been sharper in terms of that."