There is no place to hide when you suffer the biggest home defeat of all time to your fiercest rivals.
That’s the position Springbok coach Allister Coetzee finds himself in today after they suffered a humiliating 57-15 Rugby Championship defeat to New Zealand in Durban on Saturday.
Coetzee admits that it was embarrassing as his team failed to score a try – they are now tryless in 160 minutes, while the All Blacks ran in a total of nine tries at Kingsmead.
Coetzee says: “We are hurting, to the extent that we feel very embarrassed.
“The players and coaching team will have to a hard look at ourselves and it is only us who can turn it around.”
Their next assignment is their end of year tour to the UK and Coetzee admits that they might look to bring in a few fresh faces for the trip.
He adds: “I will have to be patient with the players.
“If there are players out there who can strengthen the squad, we will have a look at that, but I can guarantee you that there are not many.
“We will again take and learn from the Rugby Championship and try and use the end of season tour to turn things around.
“I know what we need to fix, but I would also like to know from the other top coaches in the country if they agree that these are the skill-sets that we are lacking and need to improve on.”