Out of their depth

Cape Times - - OPINION -

WHILE watch­ing the de­ba­cle on Satur­day, it be­came clear to me that we were watch­ing a per­for­mance sim­i­lar to that dis­played by the Storm­ers while Allister Coet­zee was at the helm.

It was ob­vi­ous the play­ers were in­structed to kick, and this af­fected the game plan. Sim­ply giv­ing pos­ses­sion to the op­po­si­tion is not an op­tion, and yet they con­tin­ued ruth­lessly to give the ball away.

Surely, be­fore we re­ceive fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment it is time to re­move Coet­zee, and if pos­si­ble re­cruit a New Zealand coach who un­der­stands the way the game should be played.

We cer­tainly have an abun­dance of tal­ented play­ers, but to watch them mess up so badly can only re­flect on the coach who is sim­ply out of his depth.

Added to the in­cor­rect struc­ture, it must be clear for all to see that Eben Etze­beth is a won­der­fully com­mit­ted player who gives his all, but he is not the leader the side needs when they are in type of predica­ment we saw on Satur­day. Mo­ti­vat­ing a rugby team needs a cer­tain type of char­ac­ter, and sim­ply be­cause he is the most ex­pe­ri­enced player in the side does not mean he will be a great leader. S Sollinger Sea Point

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