Proudfoot proud of his pack
03/08/2010
Vodacom Western Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot believes that they handled the Pumas pack well, but that the Griquas eight will be providing another stiff challenge when they meet in an Absa Currie Cup match in Kimberley on Saturday.
Vodacom Western Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot believes that they handled the Pumas pack well last Friday, but that the Griquas eight will be providing another stiff challenge when they meet in an Absa Currie Cup match in Kimberley on Saturday.

The WP forwards subdued the heavy Pumas pack with a commanding performance on Friday and laid the foundation for a comfortable victory. No wonder Proudfoot was happy with his charges' performance.

"I think those two (the Pumas and Griquas) are the big ones and that's why I'm happy with the way we went on Friday night. The Pumas were technically sound with a strong engagement.

"The Griquas have the same, but a bit more bite about them - it'll be a lot more like the Cheetahs game in terms of the physical intensity you meet in the players, and the Bulls bring it all together."

The former Scotland international said after the Super 14 final they took a good hard look at the depth amongst the forwards. "There's incredible hunger in the Western Cape for success and you aren't going to be successful if your pack doesn't dominate.

"We decided to increase our work load and our work ethic to be a more dominant pack, and we achieved those goals early in the season, but I didn't think we did that against the Leopards.

"Against the Pumas our attitude was a lot better. The intensity we showed at scrum time was good."

After Friday night's game captain Anton van Zyl lauded Proudfoot for the work he was doing with the WP pack.

"I don't think I can take too much credit, I've got a fantastic group of senior players who helped me a lot, and a management team who do meticulous planning. More than anything I've got 22 players who just want to get better every week.

"Matt is a hard task master. I'm pretty pleased with the way we scrummed, I'm pleased with the set phases. Our pack is fronting up nicely."

Proudfoot said that they would not disrespect any pack in the competition. "But if a pack believes 100 percent in the plan then the synergy of effort will create a dominating pack and that's the attitude we're trying to create in the pack."



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