The Bok stops here

The Bok stops here

NO GEES,NO CLUE: Boks lost to England

I can't defend Toetie's swak team anymore

I can not defend the Springboks any longer.

I’ve always told fans who say they no longer want to support the Bokke and can’t even bother to watch the games any more where to go and druk it.

Even during the build-up to the match against England, I made a bet against two of my mates that the Boks would win.

Somehow it felt as if they were going to get it right – they had to.

Patriotism is something I hold dear. And I believe that you should back your boytjies no matter what.

But Saturday’s defeat to England was a little too much to watch.

Our team simply can’t be that coded to play the coach’s strategy that they can’t realise the need to play the situation in games.

That, to me, was one of the most frustrating aspects of the game this past weekend.

Then there is coach Allister Coetzee.

I’ve always had respect for Coetzee as a man and as a coach. And that’s perhaps why I felt the need to defend his Bok team so passionately.

But the lack of innovation from the top can no longer be ignored. And here the coaches have to take the blame.

Next weekend they are playing against Italy.

And then they have Wales to go.

The results in those games are irrelevant, 2016 is done in terms of Bok respect. Coetzee and his players will know this.

And that’s why, with nothing to lose, Coetzee should go all out.

That means drop the skipper Adriaan Strauss, who no longer wants to play international rugby and is retiring at the end of the year.

Even drop your vice captain, Pat Lambie – he hasn’t been good since coming back from that concussion suffered against Ireland.

Instead, give the likes of Malcolm Marx a run at hooker, play Johan Goosen at 10 – he looked good in that channel when he came on as a sub on Saturday.

Give the captain’s armband to someone who wants to wear it – someone who will wear it with pride.

And maybe then the guys will represent the country with passion again.

Who knows, that passion might even overflow to the fans and we might get some of the trots in the Bok back again.

As it stands, though, Coetzee has a 40 percent win record – fourth from bottom on the all-time list of Bok coaches.

Third from bottom is Carel du Plessis, with his record of three wins in eight games before he got the sack.

The difference between Coetzee and Du Plessis, though, was the latter’s approach to the game.

At least Carel tried things and wanted the Boks to play running rugby.

When he was eventually replaced by Nick Mallett, the now-SuperSport commentator went on a world-record unbeaten run.

If patience ran out so quickly with Du Plessis while he was trying to reinvent the Bok wheel, then Coetzee must be high on the priority list of the big boys at Saru

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