Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
17 Aug 2016
4:42 pm

Boks must look in the mirror – coach

Rudolph Jacobs

'Before we look at other people’s problems, we must sort our own problems.'

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee. Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee believes they as the national team must look in the mirror.

So to speak.

After getting northern hemisphere referees in the recent series against Ireland, a southern hemisphere official in Glen Jackson will take charge of this weekend’s Rugby Championship opener against Argentina in Nelspruit.

“Before we look at other people’s problems, we must sort our own problems,” said Coetzee.

“We were on the backfoot in most of the Irish series’ opening halves, and we scored most of our tries or points as late as the 25th or 30th minutes because it took some time for us to get started.

“We need to be disciplined, and there’s only one way to look at referees, and they blow the law and that’s what we expect as players.

“So we have to ensure we play according to the law, and we want to build momentum and not give easy access to the opposition by giving penalties away on a platter and allow them to get out of their half easily.”

Coetzee also addressed the scrum issue where they were on the backfoot on the Irish ball at times as well as their kicking game.

“One specific scrum we were very good and over three tests we only lost one lineout. Adriaan Strauss’s lineout accuracy was sublime, not only at Super Rugby level but also at test-match level, so I was pleased with the set-piece, in particular the scrums and especially on our ball, 100 percent.

“We were probably caught on the hop a bit, the opposition ball, where they came at us, our defensive scrum, and we’ve had a look at that, while we can improve in our kicking game in general.

“It’s not the kicking plan but a combination of three things, the execution, the plan and then personnel.

“And in the first Ireland Test we had four left-footed kickers in the side, and the Irish exploited that very well and they put us under a great deal of pressure.