Growing pains



June 17, 2016
Growing pains

FIRST BLOOD: Boks lost to Ireland at Newlands. CREDIT: Noor Slamdien

Coetzee’s Boks do need time to become a force.

Can we all calm down for a second?

What happened to walking before you run?

What happened to giving someone a chance?

Allister Coetzee has just started with his work as Springbok coach and mense are already gooing klippe.

What’s that all about?

The defeat to the Irish was disappointing. Very disappointing. Swak even. I mean who loses to 14 men after playing against them for an hour?

South Africa did. Not just Coetzee.

Some people are playing the blame game, saying that the “quota players” are the ones at fault. Some are saying that Toetie is too loyal to the players he coached in Cape Town.

How does that make him any different from any other Bok coach since 1995?

The Bokke were beaten because they played badly. Finish and klaar.

There was no way that the Bokke were going to win with the way they played – killing off their own space outside, losing ball in contact and everything else they did wrong.

But how are we to say that Toetie’s Boks will be failures after just ONE GAME?

The Boks have played one game together, with a new style – much like the Stormers.

Our game has been crying out for change since before Heyneke Meyer took over in 2012.

Last year we lost to Argentina for the first time ever and who can forget that game against Japan?

If that tells you anything, it’s that these bad times have been on the way. It didn’t start this Saturday. I mean how was Coetzee supposed to turn us into something amazing after just two weeks in camp.

The writing was on the wall during Super Rugby already.

South African teams are struggling there because they need to reform their game plans.

It’s time we realise that the game we play in SA is not the future. Stampkar rugby hasn’t worked since 2007, but here we are nine years later and things are the same on the pitch.

It’s not that physicality doesn’t have a place in the game. It’s just that we are not running over people like we used to do. There is no more advantage. Every team has groot manne. And you can’t just moer into mekaar and expect to win a match. They are out to score tries and we have to too.

So here is the thing. When the game we play in SA is suffering in Super Rugby, how was it supposed to win the game against Ireland.

We couldn’t take advantage of 14 men when we had space out wide. Even then we went for the contact. Just think about that for a second. That’s just how we are. We need to unlearn our rugby. And start afresh.

These are growing pains.

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