‘We are ticking boxes’ – Coetzee

Date published: October 4 2016

South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee says it is more important to win and grow confidence than it is to play an expansive style at this stage.

The Boks jumped above Australia to claim third spot in the world rankings after their 18-10 Rugby Championship win in Pretoria. But Coetzee received criticism because of their conservative approach to the game, to which he paid no heed to.

"Every Test match is important to win. It doesn't matter if you grind it out or whatever. You've got to keep winning and growing in confidence," Coetzee told AllBlacks.com

"The second point is to show improvement against the world's best and on Saturday we created enough opportunity but didn't finish those opportunities.

"There are still things to work on. I would have been worried if we hadn't had those opportunities," he said.

Against the All Blacks, South Africa would be looking to build continuous pressure with ball in hand.

"We spoke about kick pressure, we did that. We spoke about set piece pressure, we did that. So we are ticking boxes. There are a few more boxes that we have to tick and that's what I'm looking at," Coetzee said.