Springboks

Proudfoot: Rassie is a master tactician

2018-06-13 08:22
Matt Proudfoot (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot says he is enjoying the learning experience under new coach Rassie Erasmus.

Proudfoot is the only survivor from the Allister Coetzee era, having retained his role as forwards coach after Pieter de Villiers parted ways with SA Rugby earlier this year.

Proudfoot addressed reporters in Bloemfontein on Tuesday as the Springboks prepared for this weekend’s second Test against England.

The Boks won only 11 out of 25 Tests under Coetzee’s tutelage and Proudfoot knows they are under pressure to improve.

According to Proudfoot, concerns over job security comes with the territory.

“As a coach it is part and parcel of your job. The job is about performance. We are the custodians of a very special brand. We have a lot of talent and we must make sure that talent performs at the highest level,” Proudfoot said on Tuesday, as quoted by TimesLIVE.

The forwards guru is confident that the team’s performance will improve under Erasmus but was diplomatic when asked how different the job was under Coetzee.

“The two men are two very dynamic human beings. Allister and Rassie,” Proudfoot said.

"Rassie is the master tactician. He leaves nothing to chance. It is a learning experience. I’m enjoying it. Allister had a different focus, it was also a good focus. He’s a very good man. They are both strong coaches. We need more of our head coaches in this country to be strong people.”

Erasmus will name his match-day 23 on Thursday.
The Boks have a 1-0 lead in the three-game series, having won the first Test at Ellis Park 42-39.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 09 June 2018
Japan v Italy, Oita Bank Stadium 07:45
New Zealand v France, Eden Park 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Suncorp Stadium 12:00
South Africa v England, Emirates Airline Park 17:05
Argentina v Wales, Estadio Bicentenario 21:40
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Canada v Scotland, Commonwealth Stadium 03:10
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Japan v Italy, Noevir Stadium 07:00
New Zealand v France, Westpac Stadium 09:35
Australia v Ireland, AAMI Park 12:00
South Africa v England, Toyota Stadium 17:05
Argentina v Wales, Estadio Brigadier Estanislao López 21:40
Sunday, 17 June 2018
USA v Scotland, BBVA Compass Stadium 03:00
Saturday, 23 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Forsyth Barr Stadium 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Allianz Stadium 12:00
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05
Argentina v Scotland, Estadio Centenario 21:40
Saturday, 18 August 2018
South Africa v Argentina, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:05
Vote

With the Springboks 2-0 up in their three-Test series against England, how do see the final Test at Newlands panning out?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.