As an outsider looking in, it’s probably roundabout now that it would’ve been “f** die k** o’clock” for a number of coaches if they were at the helm of Springbok rugby.
Allister Coetzee cannot be enjoying his job at the moment and unlike most of us with regular jobs, he doesn’t have a weekend to rest on his laurels and start afresh on a Monday.
The pressure is mounting and it’s coming down big on those in the Bok camp.
Losing to an under-strength Ireland team in his first outing as national boss, then going down to Argentina in Salta last weekend, the results have not gone Coetzee’s way.
To make matters worse, the Springboks have not shown much progress since their first outing under their new boss.
Furthermore, his captain Adriaan Strauss is not leading from the front, while you have to question the actions of his entire leadership core.
It’s a clear sign that things aren’t going well when your players are starting to talk out about the national fans being fickle.
Guys, you represent the fans, just do the job and don’t alienate the supporters by dissing them.
But what Morné Steyn and Damian de Allende did by speaking out against fans in recent days, proves that there is very little control over this group of players.
And that’s why it is important for any coach to surround himself with assistants who have been there and done it before.
Players can relate to coaches that have played at the highest level and perhaps some of these frustrations wouldn’t have been made public then.
As an experienced player, Steyn shouldn’t have spoken out and to make a point, I feel he should have been axed from the squad.
Still, he will go to Australasia as part of Coetzee’s 28-man squad along with Lwazi Mvovo and Francois Hougaard, who have been added to the group.
Of the current situation the Boks find themselves in, Coetzee says: “We are not happy with where we find ourselves after the first two matches of the campaign.
“Australia will pose an even tougher challenge and it is important that we deliver a much-improved performance.”