Coetzee’s balancing act



August 24, 2016
Coetzee’s balancing act

UNDER PRESSURE: Elton Jantjies

Bok backs under microscope in Salta.

The Springboks landed in Argentina yesterday, knowing they will have to up their game if they want to avoid a shock defeat to in Salta on Saturday.

After fighting hard for a come-from-behind 30-23 win at the Mbombela Stadium last Saturday, coach Allister Coetzee is under no illusion as to how tough this weekend’s fixture will be.

One area of concern is getting Elton Jantjies and the rest of Boks’ backline to make better decisions and execute their kicking game 

Coetzee is aware of this and says: “We definitely make a lot of mistakes in that regard, and that is not an easy thing.

“Our decision-making is never easy and even adults don’t get decision-making right at times, let alone with pressure.

“Even without pressure we don’t get it right.

“That will come and you can’t on one hand say yes – and you guys write how important running rugby is – and then you want something 

“It is important that we’ve got a philosophy of balance and pressure, and we will learn that.

“They will get that, sometimes it is not the decision-making, sometimes it is the execution of the kick and sometimes it is the chase.

“And we saw all three tonight, when there was a good kick, there was no chase, when it was the right decision there was no execution in the kick.

“But it will come and it will take time. The more they make mistakes, the more they learn.”

Meanwhile, assistant coach Johann van Graan says: “I know that the conditions there [in Malta] are a lot more dry, almost desert-like.

“The crowd there is also very vocal in support of their team, and the field is a bit smaller.

“But the playing conditions will be the same for both teams and we will have to adapt to it.”

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