Coetzee defends ill-disciplined Springboks
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