Coetzee still positive despite defeat

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remained positive despite his side’s 57-0 thrashing against the All Blacks in Albany on Saturday.

Despite conceding eight tries to the world champions, Coetzee feels there were aspects of his side’s performance to be proud of. 

“I’m pleased with a couple of brilliant defensive efforts and a lot of positives that we can still take out of this game,” he said after the match.

The Boks lineout was poor throughout the match, and while the scrum impressed early on, it struggled in the second half.

“The set pieces were disappointing,” said Coetzee.

“The lineout is one area of the game that you should always get right. If you don’t get it right, then you can’t contest. Unfortunately, we couldn’t create pressure with ball in hand because of our set piece.”

Coetzee hailed the All Blacks’ showing and said the Boks were forced to play catch-up after condeding three soft tries.

“We were just outplayed by a world-class team,” he said. 

“If you look at the first three tries they scored… a quick tap caught us napping, an intercept followed from there, and then a cross-kick… it’s not like we didn’t have someone there (for the cross-kick), the ball just bounced into their hands. All of a sudden you find yourself 21 points down, which is a tough ask. But all credit to the All Blacks, they were superb tonight.”

Coetzee said he would take the positives from the defeat into the Boks’ clash with Australia in Bloemfontein at the end of the month and in the return Test against New Zealand in Cape Town early in October.

“We actually did very well tonight in terms of the territorial and possession stakes, it’s just that the pass didn’t go to hand at crucial stages,” he added.