Allister Coetzee has called on Springbok supporters to back their team during this difficult time and he is confident the Boks can “fix the potholes” in the home leg of the Tri-Nations.
The Boks lost all three Tests – two against the All Blacks and the other against the Wallabies – on their Tri-Nations tour to New Zealand and Australia, and retur-ned home on Sunday without a single log point.
They have also come under fire in the rugby world for criticising referees and for the incidents of foul play involving Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw, as well as the suspensions of Botha, Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie.
And there have been reports of a split among the coaching staff, which have been denied, and Bok coach Peter de Villiers has been heavily criticised for some of his selections and the three defeats. In addition, senior players such as captain John Smit and vice-captain Victor Matfield are in the firing line after average performances.
But Western Province coach Coetzee, who experienced a similar tough time as the Bok assistant coach under Jake White in 2006, told The Star yesterday that the players and coaches will be able to solve the problems.
“The Boks are back at home. I was part of something similar in 2006 when we had the 49-0 (loss) at Suncorp. Andre Pretorius kicks the ball out at the corner; Jaco van der Westhuyzen tries a drop from his own 22. Then the thing turned, and we won the World Cup the next year,” Coetzee said.
He said that the Bok coaching staff must stick to their beliefs and plans which saw them win the Tri-Nations title last year and clinch a series victory over the British and Irish Lions.
“When you start to lose games, my experience showed me that the things that worked, you now start to doubt. You’ve just got to regroup and back what worked before, instead of doubting things,” he said.
This article is courtesy of The Star and was written by Ashfak MohamedTweet