Coet­zee de­fends ill-dis­ci­plined Spring­boks

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

PARIS: South Africa coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee sprung to the de­fence of his mis­fir­ing Spring­boks in­sist­ing they are try­ing their best. The tourists slumped to a record 38-3 de­feat to Ire­land in Dublin on Satur­day, just un­der two months since New Zealand gave them a 57-0 thrash­ing.

But Coet­zee put down their ab­ject show­ing to a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence and ill-dis­ci­pline that al­lowed Ire­land to open up a lead through penal­ties. “The crux of the mat­ter is we were ill dis­ci­plined. We didn’t realise penal­ties will hurt you so much and the three points in the north­ern hemi­sphere is al­most like a score (try),” said Coet­zee.

“We’ve got to make sure our dis­ci­pline is in­tact. We need to have pa­tience.” But he de­nied that there was a lack of ef­fort or ap­pli­ca­tion from his team. “The Ir­ish, what they did well, they stayed very pa­tient in their kick­ing game. They didn’t do any­thing spec­tac­u­lar. “(There was) one li­ne­out where they got a line break where we tack­led in there but they got the in­side.—AFP

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