Springbok coach Allister Coetzee. CREDIT: Sourced

After winning his first series in charge of the Springboks on Saturday, coach Allister Coetzee has announced that Adriaan Strauss will continue to lead his team this year.

Coetzee, who watched as his team lost his first game in charge at Newlands three weeks ago, oversaw back-to-back wins over Ireland, with the series decider ending in a 19-13 victory in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Boks not only had to fight their way back from 1-0 down, but also had to haal uit en wys to successfully claw back from a 19-3 deficit in the second Test to win 32-26.

They were down 10-3 in PE as well, but led by Strauss, the Bokke again staged a successful comeback.

Of his skipper, Coetzee says: “Adriaan has been appointed as captain for the rest of the year.”

Of winning his first series in charge of the Boks, Coetzee adds: “We started the series with a loss and we were 19-3 down in Johannesburg.

“And here [in PE] we were really put to the test, so I am very pleased in the result and series win. The resilience and character of the team really came through. We fought in the trenches and played Test rugby out there.”

“It was not attractive, but we needed to win.”