Wednesday 21 February 2018

Francois Louw: It's up there with the Springboks worst defeats

Francois Louw of South Africa after the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Francois Louw of South Africa after the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

South Africa's number eight Francois Louw branded his side's humiliating defeat by Ireland as one of the country's "worst".

The Springboks were handed a lesson by Joe Schmidt's side who dished out a record 35-point defeat at the Aviva.

"It's pretty much up there with the worst," Louw said.

"We have not done what we wanted to achieve today. We were chasing the game early on, a bit of ill-discipline put the Irish on the scoreboard and to be fair to them, they took massive advantage of that.

"You don't want to be chasing games like this. They were good tactically, they definitely kept us on the pump and got the result. In these conditions, the ball is going to be a bit slippery, and as an alternative it turned into a kick-chase kind of game.''

Sean O'Brien meanwhile insisted that the scoreline "flattered" Ireland.

The hosts were ruthlessly clinical in exposing the Springboks deficiencies and scored four tries to surpass their previous record 17-point win in 2006.

"We work really hard to keep the ball and that was part of our plan today - to kick it up in the air and put as much pressure on them as possible and we got a few scraps and a few bounces of the ball, which went our way," O'Brien added.

"We have a lot of competition for places and it is a very healthy place to be. We put a lot of work on into this game and its paid off today. ''

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