Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby is not worried about the fitness of flanker Francois Louw, despite the player hobbling off the field with an injury in his ankle during the club’s 44-23 demolition of the London Irish last weekend.
The player was pulled off the field on the 53rd minute and images from the pitch side cameras later showed that his ankle was heavily strapped. However, Neal Hatley, the forwards coach for the club stated that it was nothing but a precautionary measure and they didn’t want to take a risk the player with the business end of the season coming up.
He told a local newspaper that Francois just got a bang on his ankle. He went on to add that with the match against the Sale Sharks around the corner this weekend as well as with the score where it was at that particular time in the game, they just didn’t want to take any chances with one of their star performers. He also mentioned that the coaching staff at Bath Rugby decided that there was no need to persist with someone who was clearly struggling with the knock when the score was in their favor so much.
Hatley insisted that he thought that the game was opening up at that time as well and they didn’t think it was too much of a risk to take and hence, they made the move keeping the upcoming fixtures in mind.
He also added that Guy Mercer came off the bench and did a fantastic job and they were happy to have been able to give him a run out against the Exiles.
Bath Rugby will take on the Sale Sharks this weekend in a match which will decide the playoff future of both the clubs as well.