Springboks Take Another Knock
Springboks Take Another Knock: On Saturday night Coetzee finished off the Boks’ year with a 27-13 defeat with a team that included several newcomers and which was selected with Lions players in key positions and which was geared towards following a template not dissimilar to the one that got the Lions to the Super Rugby final. “If you compare the sides that played in this game you will note the vast difference in terms of experience between the Welsh team and the South African side, but I was pleased with the youngsters and pleased that we have now made a start towards a greater time,” said Coetzee. Coetzee admits now that in June he faced a difficult choice, and it could have gone either way, but that he wishes that in retrospect he’d gone for a more youthful line at the start of the year and started the build-up process to the next World Cup then.
“I agree that I should probably have done it differently and gone for more young players and more Lions players, but I was worried that if I did do that, and back the youngsters, I might end up sitting in the same position that I am now and regret not opting for more experience,” said Coetzee. “What has become apparent on this tour is that we lack the necessary contact skills that are required in the northern hemisphere. Italy were very effective against us last week because they chopped our legs in the tackle. We have tall bodies, and once the legs are chopped tall bodies are exposed and it is easy for the opposition to steal ball. “To be honest, it has been very tough. It is never easy and you don’t ever picture yourself in a position like this. As previous coaches say, there are extreme highs in the job but also extreme lows. It is just extremely tough. But what gives me the zest to continue is that you know the players and management are looking at you for leadership and for a response.