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Coetzee: Good start, but hard work still awaits
June 17, 2017
Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, was pleased at the effort of his team after they beat France 37-15 in the second of three tests in the Castle Lager Incoming Series at Growthpoint Kings Park on Saturday.

The Springboks won the first test in Pretoria last week and although the series is now won, Coetzee was not satisfied that the Springboks have reached their best form.

"Every test match is a must win for us. The series is won, but there is no relief. Every match is as important as the next. We will keep trying to improve," Coetzee said.

"I am very proud of the way the team has grown, this is a different feeling from nine months ago. This was an outstanding performance, but there is still a lot of work to do."

Coetzee pointed to certain areas where the team did well.

"I am proud of our set piece and proud of the attack, but in particularly the way we defended,” he said.

“The team plays for each other and that was shown in the defence tonight. They do it for each other. The system does not tackle, the players in the system needs to make the tackle. The reaction time of players, to get back on their feet and to get back in the position again, that was very rewarding to see."

Coetzee felt for Teboho Mohoje, who was taken off the field after a heavy blow, but was pleased with the performance delivered by Jean-Luc du Preez, his replacement.

"Oupa's early injury was unfortunate. Jean-Luc played well. We have a squad of 31 and it is not easy to select the match-23 as the players are close to each other in ability. The bench players made a huge impact, look at the try Coenie Oosthuizen scored when he came on. That is a good situation to have."

The team stayed calm when France made early inroads into the Springbok defence, scoring in the third minute, the coach said.

"The French dominated the collisions in the opening minutes, but the guys did not panic and slowly we got the better of them. Our planning has been spot-on for this series. Lots of things behind the scene have changed and things are falling in place.

“We have not achieved anything, but if we continue to develop and build, we will be a force to be reckoned with. The game is also about confidence and that is growing."

Springbok captain, Warren Whiteley, also praised the team structures for the match.

"Our processes have been accurate, but we still have a massive test ahead of us in Johannesburg.

The first 15 minutes in the second half, we were under pressure, they turned us over a couple of times, but the character of the side was tested and we came through. I am excited because we have started a foundation of something that can become special," Whiteley said.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 24 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs France
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, June 30 2017
19:00 - Cell C Sharks vs Vodacom Bulls
Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, July 01 2017
01:05 - Jaguares vs Southern Kings
Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos Aires
15:05 - Toyota Cheetahs vs DHL Stormers
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
17:15 - Emirates Lions vs Sunwolves
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Friday, July 07 2017
11:45 - Reds vs Brumbies
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
13:55 - Force vs Rebels
nib Stadium, Perth
Saturday, July 08 2017
11:45 - Waratahs vs Jaguares
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
17:15 - Vodacom Bulls vs Southern Kings
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
19:30 - DHL Stormers vs Sunwolves
DHL Newlands, Cape Town

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