Coetzee: Boks were outsmarted

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.

Boks sink to new low in Dublin

“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.”

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Tiaan Janse van Renburg

    En toe B#$K@EM die bokke maar net weereens uit die bus uit. Nou vertel my waar is die so genaamde “Porgress Made” en “On the right path” wat ons wonderlike afrigter al so veel keer oor gelieg het op TV. Ek is seker maar n dom Bok ondersteuner of “Was” maar dammit ek glo nogsteeds die spelers speel soos hulle af gerig word. Ek glo ook Damian de Allende kan vervang word met Ruan Janse van Rensburg of Handre Pollard, Andries Coetzee kan vervang word met Warrick Gelant of Curwin Bosch en dan sal iet drasties gedoen moet word met die vleuels….jammer om te se dan hoef Raymond Rhule glad nie sleg te voel nie want die twee goggas op vleules is self nie eers 1% beter as wat hy was nie. Ons vleuels kort lengte en gewig om teen Internationale spanne gelyk te breek maar op die ooblik het hulle net spoed. Met spoed gaan jy ook niks doen as jy nie eers werk gaan soek of n bal na jou toe gestuur word nie.

    Ek weet nie meer nie maar soos dinge nou lyk glo ek Springbok rugby gaan nie weer reg kom nie veral nie met n afrigter wat nie eers kon presteer op Super Rugby vlak nie. Amal was so kritiserend oor Heyneke Meyer maar teminste was sy wen record baie beter as die rugby brein wat nou daar is. Duidelik kan dit raak gesien word teen span keuses wat gedoen word. Damian de Allende was vir hoe lank beseer hoe sit jy so iemand dan in n agter lyn teen n Internationale span dan sou ek eerde vir Am gekies het wat wedstryd fiks is en hy kan belangrike besluite neem. Self Ruan Janse van Rensburg sal 10 keer beter gevaar het.

    Rassie Erasmus sal dringed maar baie dringend n stempel kom afdruk of Suid Afrika gaan nog meer ondersteuners verloor en ek sal nie verbaas wees as die Wereld Beker toernooi nie meer na ons toe kom vir 2023 nie

  • Johan

    We pick a flyhalf and scrumhalf on their running and passing game form
    – Ross’s run and step in the midfield
    – Jantjies’ flat pass, that no one ran on to and went out

    But we pick centers that cannot even straighten the line and pass.

    Watch the Irish defense, they know we have one of runners that can’t pass, so they target our runners with two defenders and I don’t care if you weigh 150kg, if two guys tackle you you are going in reverse,

    I think Mallet said it best:

    “The midfield attack – the two centres – showed absolutely no ability to straighten, catch or pass, which are the basics of international rugby,”

    “You can play touch rugby against a player and within five minutes you can tell whether that player understands space, timing and depth, both when he has the ball in two hands and when he is a support runner. I don’t think Damian de Allende or Jesse Kriel understand space or running straight or running lines. I think they are big, strong and powerful centres, who do not have a feel for the game of rugby. Unfortunately, De Allende looked woefully out of form. He has been picked – and one wonders why – on reputation. He certainly hasn’t played enough games to warrant selection.”

    Mallett also questioned the game plan that halfbacks Ross Cronje and Elton Jantjies were forced to play.

    “Our flyhalf and scrumhalf play a completely different game when they play for the Lions, which is a fast passing game. They were asked to kick tactically today and Ross Cronje in particular can’t do it. It’s just not their game. His kicks were inaccurate, either too short or too long and we didn’t have the chasers to put the opposition under pressure like we were put under pressure.”

    Finally, this isn’t the players’ fault, this is a coaching issue, you can clearly see that the players are executing the coach’s game plan.

  • Tiaan Janse van Renburg

    Thanks Johan That is how I feel too regarding the players playing the way they are being coached

  • Grant

    It that over the last 3 years we have been outsmarted by various coaches. Heyneke Meyer was outsmarted by Eddie Jones in Brighton and again by the Kiwi brains trust. AC has been outsmarted by almost every coach over the last 2 seasons. Something needs to change.

    The best thing Jake White ever did as coach was bring in Eddie Jones who masterminded the victory in 2007. Is it maybe time we get another foreign consultant? Dave Rennie perhaps? Or why not a particular gent sitting in Pretoria by the name of John. Just an idea.

    • Barry Smith

      Fully agree. We tend to pick our coaches based on assumed patriotic passion and technical experience, but we seem to entirely overlook STRATEGY! The ability to create and think out the box. This is why White, Mallet, Erasmus, Jones etc have been so successful. They’re not just good rugby men, they’re also astute thinkers!

  • humblepie

    The heading of this article is incorrect. The Boks were not out-smarted……. they were out -coached. Toetie is a very confused coach with no direction other than the occasional “we have to win the kicking game” comments. I studied his comments before and after games and his coaching indabas over the past 2 years. Not once did he clarify or indicate how he wants to play the game although he regularly claimed that everyone is now on the same page. I am sure the players and his staff are just as confused as I am.
    Whoever is selected to play next weekend, cannot be very eager to participate as all indications are that the outcome will once again be dreadful.

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