Coet­zee tells Com­brinck to stay ‘pos­i­tive’

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SPRING­BOK coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee says they might need Sharks tal­ent Cur­win Bosch’s big boot in an im­por­tant match dur­ing their Rugby Cham­pi­onship cam­paign that kicks off next week­end against Ar­gentina.

Bosch was named as one of four un­capped play­ers in the 34-man Spring­bok squad af­ter the Su­per Rugby fi­nal on Sat­ur­day night, and Coet­zee is con­fi­dent that Bosch has shown his met­tle as a Bok prospect.

“Cur­win has re­ally done well. It’s great to have him. He’s a tal­ented guy, whether he’s ready now or not, he’s very tal­ented and I think he will def­i­nitely play for South Africa in fu­ture,” Coet­zee said from Port El­iz­a­beth.

“So, why not give him an op­por­tu­nity? His outof-hand kick­ing is un­be­liev­able and he can kick to the posts as well. So, you never know – you might need Curwn in an im­por­tant match to do that.”

And as great as it is that Coet­zee has re­warded Bosch’s fine Su­per Rugby form with a Bok call-up, a few ques­tions re­gard­ing the omis­sion of form Li­ons wing Ruan Com­brinck have been asked.

Coet­zee ac­knowl­edged that Com­brink, and even Li­ons cen­tre Ro­han Janse van Rens­burg, have put up im­pres­sive per­for­mances, but added that the play­ers he se­lected for the Rugby Cham­pi­onship did enough to prove that they be­long in the Bok squad.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to fit 40 play­ers into 33, and next week it will be dif­fi­cult to turn 33 into 23, so there will al­ways be un­lucky play­ers,” the Bok coach said.

“Com­brinck did play well, and Janse van Rens­burg – although he hasn’t started a full game yet – also did well when he came on. It’s good to see that they’re per­form­ing well, be­cause that shows they want to be in the Spring­bok camp.”

“But we started a new sea­son this year and the play­ers were told that when they per­form in this Spring­bok group, they must be dif­fi­cult to re­place. And those play­ers did per­form.”

“When they went back to their fran­chises I saw that what was started against the French con­tin­ued at their unions, so how do I jus­tify leav­ing those play­ers out? How do I do that?”

“I have to stick with my con­ti­nu­ity and my con­sis­tency.”

Coet­zee also said that the Bok door was not closed for those “un­lucky” play­ers who didn’t make the cut this time.

“This squad is not cast in stone. Play­ers who are un­lucky at the mo­ment could get an op­por­tu­nity. It’s 10 weeks of Rugby Cham­pi­onship and any­thing could hap­pen. They must just stay pos­i­tive.”

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