‘No reason to panic’ – Coetzee

Date published: June 13 2016

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 13: Allister Coetzee (Springbok coach) during the South African national rugby team media conference at Palazzo Hotel, Montecasino on June 13, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee says it’s unlikely he will make mass changes to his squad for their next Test against Ireland.

South Africa lost 26-20 to Ireland at Newlands last Saturday even though the visitors were a man down for the majority of the game.

Most of the Springbok backline were largely ineffectual and even the traditionally physical South African forward pack looked lethargic. The replacements were a ray of light as they brought some zest to a tired Springbok outfit.

Coetzee has stated however that his starting XV need another chance to prove themselves.

“I’m pleased with the reserves that made an impact, that is why they’re there,” Coetzee said.

“But I always believe you give players an opportunity to redeem themselves, they’re all disappointed.

“They all want the opportunity to fix it … there is no reason to panic. The only panic we have is to get it right for next week and the players understand that … they’re really hurting.”

Coetzee believes his side can turn it around in their next Test in Johannesburg.

“We didn’t only disappoint ourselves but we disappointed South Africa because this team had all the backing and support … that carries an extra load and inspires us to get it back on track quickly,” Coetzee said.

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