Toetie eyes comeback similar to Jake’s

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November 16, 2016
Toetie eyes comeback similar to Jake’s

Spingbok boss Allister Coetzee

Bok coach believes his experience will help conquer the rough times.

Coach Allister Coetzee has been in the dog box at the Springboks before.

And Toetie will be looking to draw inspiration from Jake White, under who he served his apprenticeship from 2004-2007.

Back in 2006 the Boks also went through turmoil and after losing seven of their 12 matches, White was called back from their end of year tour for an emergency meeting in Cape Town, with thecountry demanding his head.

He somehow survived and won the World Cup, with Coetzee and Eddie Jones among his coaching staff, for the national team the following year.

Coetzee admits that this is a tough time for Bok rugby, but believes his experience will help him get through it.

He tells Sport24: “This isn’t the first time I have endured difficult times.

“You have to handle it the right way.”

Changes

And the way the coach wants to handle it is by not making a number of changes to his side for what should have been an easy ride against Italy this weekend.

He explains: “You can make wholesale changes and simply create a situation where the other players make the same mistakes [as they did in the 37-21 defeat to England last weekend].”

Coetzee has an opportunity to do one better than what White did in 2006, though.

A decade ago, the Boks only won five out of their 12 matches, the current crop has four games in the bag with two to come.

But with Coetzee being insistent on his game plan, patience might run out for the former Stormers coach even if he wins the remaining games.

Of the way the Boks approach the game, Toetie says: “We have analysed the game and are disappointed that the team couldn’t maintain their performance in the first 30 minutes. England didn’t look dangerous during that period.”

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