Following a disappointing, record-breaking 38-3 loss against Ireland in Dublin, coach Allister Coetzee has admitted that the Springboks were outsmarted.
Under Coetzee, the Boks have chalked up the following milestones:
- Worst season in Springbok history – 4 wins from 12 Tests
- Biggest loss in Springbok history (57-0 v New Zealand)
- Most points conceded in a Test (57 v New Zealand in both 2016 and 2017)
- First loss against Ireland in South Africa
- First away loss against Argentina
- First loss against Italy
- Biggest loss against Wales
On Saturday Coetzee notched up another two:
- Most points conceded (38) against Ireland in 111 years, beating the 32 scored by the Irish in Dublin in 2006
- Biggest margin of defeat (35) beating the previous mark of 17 in both 2006 (32-15) and 2014 (29-12)
Saturday’s match was the team’s first of four matches on their month-long EOYT, which includes matches against France, Italy and Wales in the next couple of weeks.
“It was a disappointing defeat and as a group we take full responsibility for it. We let ourselves down and our supporters,” said Coetzee.
“We have three games left on tour and we have to fight our way back. I have to give credit to Ireland, they played tactically very well.”
According to the Springbok coach, his side must learn the lessons from their Dublin experience.
“We lacked patience in our build up and got off to a terrible start when we lost Coenie Oosthuizen in the first minute of the game, and then conceded two penalties at the set piece.”
Coetzee was furthermore disappointed with the penalties they conceded, which allowed the Irish to keep on building pressure as the match progressed.
“Our discipline let us down, it allowed them to build scoreboard pressure and then it becomes difficult to play catch up rugby. We created chances but our execution was not good while Ireland were clinical,” added Coetzee.
“We must now focus on France and work hard in the coming week to rectify things.”