Cape Town - Springbok forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot has
defended the performance of flank Francois Louw in recent weeks.
Louw has copped heavy criticism from pundits for his
performance thus far in the series against Ireland.
Many feel Louw - who plays his club rugby for Bath in England - is tired
after the end of a long European season.
But Proudfoot has dispelled that notion.
“It’s a myth. I’ll take you through (video) clips of Flo’s
work at the breakdown,” Proudfoot told Netwerk24.
“I told him in our last man-to-man discussion that it was
one off his best ever performances at the first breakdowns.”
According to Proudfoot, Louw is not there to just poach
balls on the ground and make carries. It’s also his task to keep other players
busy, to slow down opponents’ ball and to executive tackles.