Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee is happy with his players after their “character and resilience” earned them a 2-1 series win over Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Coetzee explains: “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 had to win.”

He adds: “The attitude [of the players] cannot be faulted.

“The performance of senior players was great.

“What was also pleasing was the way the new players adapted to Test match rugby.

“There are many instinctive players in the team, but they learned valuable lessons from the step-up to Test rugby.

“This is all part of the building process for this team and the foundation looks solid.

“We are busy creating a new culture that must develop and bear fruit over four years.

“It was rewarding and pleasing that new guys got the opportunity and each and every player took ownership of his position and delivered.

“The guys need to continue playing well for the remainder of the Super Rugby. I will keep on rewarding form.”