DISAPPOINTED: Coach Allister Coetzee

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee is understandably not a happy man after the national team suffered its first ever defeat in Argentina on Saturday.

Coetzee’s charges went down 26-24 to the Pumas after a lacklustre performance in Salta.

Trailing 13-3 at half time, the Boks again had to play catch-up rugby - something that has become the norm under the tutelage of Coetzee.

In his five games in charge of the Boks to date, Coetzee currently has a 60 percent winning record, with their next game being a Rugby Championship encounter against Australia on September 10 in Brisbane.

And the national coach knows they have a lot to work on.

Coetzee explains: “We had enough opportunities to create scoreboard pressure, but we did not take them.

“At Test level, you must take your opportunities or you will get punished.

“We missed some penalties and also didn’t score tries when we were in a position to do so.

“Credit to Argentina because they really worked for their victory. The defeat is hurting and the Springboks will never be satisfied with a loss.

“We will regroup and work hard to improve as a team so that we can be ready for the next Test against Australia.”