‘All Blacks a better prepared team’ – Coetzee

Date published: October 10 2016

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said that succession plans are imperative to creating a successful team. 

Coetzee was not making excuses after his side's 57-15 defeat at the hands of the All Blacks but did say New Zealand had an established succession plan that has seen them rise from strength to strength. 

"There are lots of reasons but yet again the players and the coaching team will have a long look at ourselves. It is only us who can turn it around," Coetzee told Sport24.

"I keep referring to their system, and after every World Cup they just come out the following year with a stronger team… a better prepared team… while we have to start from scratch. Systems are important."

The Springbok coach will now meet with South Africa's Super Rugby coaches as well as the SARU management to hone in what core skills need to be worked on before the Springboks travel to Europe to play England, Italy and Wales. 

The 'Indaba' will be held from the 19-21 of October in Cape Town, and Coetzee believes it's an incredibly important endeavor. 

"Absolutely important," said Coetzee.

"If you look at a few contestable kicks and the aerial skills are not good enough. They keep winning possession … then surely we have a problem with our aerial skills and it's not a Springbok thing.

"That's why the Indaba is important; to address those focus areas where we think we're lacking.

"I know what we need to fix but I would also like to know from other top coaches in the country if they agree or concur that these are the skill sets that we’re lacking.

"Contact skills, for argument’s sake. We get into good positions on the field and we just lose it. There's not a lot that you can say here tonight."