Coetzee believes discipline will improve

Date published: June 21 2016

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has said that his side's discipline issues are mainly down to inexperience.

Discipline has been a major issue in the Springboks' two Tests against Ireland so far and was a major factor in their 26-20 loss in Cape Town. The former Stormers boss has acknowledged this but says it is down to the excitement and inexperience of his squad.

"The players really want to go out there and do what they set out to do," Coetzee said.

"There are obviously reasons why it doesn’t happen, and the first is a lack of discipline.

"It’s not because they don’t understand the laws, it’s just typically from players who are really over-exuberant, if I can put it that way. It is over-exuberance of, I wouldn’t say youth, but experience.

"There is a lack of experience at the moment and that is exactly why we decided to give a player like Faf an opportunity, Elton for the first time, Lionel Mapoe.

"They are players who haven’t started, and they will get there.

Coetzee believes that the players will correct this as they know how much it affects their game. 

"That over-eagerness will subside, because it is the penalties that are breaking our rhythm," said Coetzee.

"It’s not that we don’t have the skill, it’s just the over-eagerness at this point in time.