Not Up To Par
Not Up To Par: Springbok coach Allister Coetzee did not pull any punches or hide behind any excuses when he faced up to the disappointing reality that his first day at the office was a massive fail and setback. Ireland’s 26-20 win at Newlands when down to 14 men for much of the game after CJ Stander was red carded for the late and dangerous challenge that put Bok flyhalf Patrick Lambie off the field, condemned Coetzee to become only the second post-isolation Springbok coach to lose his first test match in charge. Jubilant Ireland coach Joe Schmidt charitably made the point at the post-match press conference that the Boks played like a team that was coming together for the first time, and the loss of Pat Lambie to injury after 23 minutes certainly didn’t help the home team’s cause.
“I am very disappointed. We are not only disappointed for ourselves, but for the country. Everyone must be feeling very disappointed tonight. Our execution was poor and we made lots of mistakes. Many of our errors were unforced, and you just can’t afford to do that at international level and expect to win. It just wasn’t a good recipe to win a test match. There are many technical areas that need assessment and improvement too. However, Coetzee is reluctant to press any panic buttons just yet. “The players will look at where they went wrong and I think it is fair to give them a chance to show that they have learned from their mistakes,” said Coetzee.