Had to really wait a good 24 hours before I had the will power to look at the Irish test again and try and find some answers on what happen again.
It is always easy to start blaming the players and yes they do have to answer for performances on the field and more so when you running out for your country.
To dish up a performance like on Saturday against Ireland is just not something we need to except from any Springbok team.
To look at Saturdays test and think we can find the answers for our poor performance is short sighted the Springboks problems are much deeper that one of two test.
The alarm bells was going off even before the tour started when Coetzee picked his squad of players.
His planning for the 2019 seems non existed in this current setup and even if we try very hard not to be to much emotional he does not have the ability to even come close to outsmart teams at this level.
We always measure our-self against the All Blacks and the test at Newlands which showed some guts from the Boks gave many of us false hope.
Measurement of a team should be the consistent improvement and ability to compete against the very best their teams their are, and we are not even close to do that.
Last year we heard that we need to blame the short time Coetzee had to prepare and this year we are being told that we must keep believing in the process of this team and be positives when we lose 57-0 against the All Blacks.
It should not have come as a surprise on the Springboks fall from grace when you look at Coetzee track record with Province and the Stormers.
I feel sorry for players like Jantjies and Cronje who has shown against the best of New Zealand and Australia the past three years that they are game breakers and now are being made the reason for our poor form.
I do not buy this. With a coach like Ackermann these two players have played a quick direct game putting their backline in space and created tries but on Saturday it was clear that they were again instructed to play a game they are not suited to and kick everything that came their way.
You can not make a dog fly no why would you want to take two of the attacking best halfbacks in South Africa and tell them to kick all day.
It was the same Coetzee, then at the Stormers that took a talented young Jantjies who perform outstanding for the Lions and killed his game with one season at the Stormers.
When you see stats of 61% territory, 54% possession, making 134 meters with ball in hand from 12 carriers with more good passes that the Irish then you know that you had the wrong plan against them.
We made all the play but at the end they scored 4 tries to our big fat zero.
In the midfield Coetzee thought that he could bring in a player in De Allende, who has not perform well in Super Rugby nor in the previous two years for the Springboks, and take on a world class team like Ireland.
How you sit with an exciting player like Am in your squad and do not even use him from the bench is just plain the logic the Springbok coach have shown since he started.
I am not even gong to touch on the fact that he sits with Pollard who could have added so much more than the poor De Allende and gave them a left and right foot combination next to Jantjies.
Coetzee also ignore the likes of Frans Steyn who plays in Europe.
Our backline was poor and our defence was even worst with no structure on attack.
Nick Mallet said it best after the game when you look at our midfield
“The midfield attack – the two centres [Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel] – showed absolutely no ability to straighten, catch or pass, which are the basics of international rugby.
‘You can play touch rugby against a player and within five minutes you can tell whether that player understands space, timing and depth, both when he has the ball in two hands and when he is a support runner.
I don’t think Damian de Allende or Jesse Kriel understand space or running straight or running lines. I think they are big, strong and powerful centres, who do not have a feel for the game of rugby.
‘Unfortunately, De Allende looked woefully out of form. He has been picked – and one wonders why – on reputation. He certainly hasn’t played enough games to warrant selection”
The only way Coetzee can rescue this tour is to get the right players involved. Time has come to call players like Vermeulen, Steyn and get players like Am and Gelant quicker in the system.
Upfront we need to pick players in their positions and have the best players starting the match. Sentiment must find a backseat and players not good enough needs to be shown the door.
The real sad part of Coetzee after this test was that he does not even know what is wrong. He could not even explained after the test what went wrong.
The Springboks are at a crossroad and SARU and Springbok management needs to make some hard decisions if they still want to safe the soon to be extinct Springbok rugby team.
As it stand now we will be lucky to come away from this tour with one win.