Allister Coetzee will look back on his eight years in Cape Town with a smile despite a big loss to the Brumbies in his final game.
The Stormers boss is on his way to Japan to coach Kobe Kobelco Steelers and speaking on Saturday after the Stormers were eliminated spoke proudly of his achievements with Western Province and the Stormers.
“It’s been an amazing eight years in Cape Town,” Coetzee told reporters.
“The development of myself as a coach and with my assistant coaches has been amazing. It’s been a great experience.
“I’m pleased with my mission. Maybe not the way I wanted to end tonight but playing and winning two Currie Cups, three Conference trophies… being the best South African side and best transformed side… to me that’s my job done.
"I’m happy with that, really I’m pleased with that.
“I go with no regrets. I go away very pleased that we’ve won, we transformed and we were sustainable.
“We didn’t win the big one… the Super Rugby yet. I’ll leave that to the next guy; I’ve done the ground work.”
As for the 39-19 defeat itself, Coetzee conceded his side were easily second best and dominated at the breakdown.
"You have to take this on the chin, move on and give credit to the Brumbies side. They were just better on the day in most departments, especially the breakdown again.
"They were brutal. They’re deserved winners. There are no excuses to be made.”