Coetzee to be fired, Coetzee to pick is “strongest side” for Italy, Frans Steyn club making it difficult for him to play for Boks and Jake White saying Springbok will not be a force in 2019.
This is just some of the news surrounding the Springboks so far this week while they prepare to face Italy, a team that beat them last year this time.
Atleast we got the good news yesterday that Rassie Erasmus has started his new job at SARU and this is us hoping that there will be change but to think one man can suddenly change the fortune of the Springboks and South African rugby is a little bit naive.
One of the major concerns this last couple of months was that Coetzee was not willing to give the fringe players a change to proof themselves and it seems that he is continuing on that trend for this weeks test against Italy.
One can understand that Coetzee is under pressure but this pressure he brought onto himself.
Coetzee has plenty of problems but these two stands out….
In some way these two go hand in hand and unfortunately both play a part in the poor showing and record of Coetzee Springbok sides the last two years.
Every coach and his assistants will have a game plan they believe in and to a point we as supporters need to except it and support them in this plan. The problem for Coetzee has been that his game plan firstly changed from last year and when he did not get the results in the Rugby Championship, he reverted to what they knew best.
It is the most frustrating part of a supporter to see how a game fail week in and week out and everyone else can recognized the failure expect the coaching team. Brendon Venter even started blocking people on social media when they did not agree with his opinion.
Selection of your national teams should be firstly base on merit and I do not believe Coetzee understand the meaning of the word.
Merit is defined as the quality of being good or worthy and when you think of merit you think of words like excellence, goodness, standard, quality, worthy, eminence, value, distinction and deserving.
Now how many of those words can be associated with the current group on tour?
Now it is easy to blame players but then I looked at the past few games and realized these same players under different Super Rugby coaches performed and under Coetzee game they have failed. One perfect example is Elton Jantjies and Ross Cronje.
I am not convinced on statements that they are just not good enough at this level, they have been exceptional in Super Rugby and with a different game where they are allowed to express themselves on the field.
One cannot force a dog to clime a tree, he is most effective when he is on the ground, the same goes with Coetzee game, you cannot expect a attacking flyhalf to suddenly start playing Naas Botha rugby and expect him to be great at it.
As with the Stormers Coetzee have yet again managed to screw-up Jantjies game and he is fast doing it to Cronje as well.
If you want to play 10-man rugby and kick sides backwards as an attacking plan then pick Morne Steyn or Patrick Lambie at ten or even get Liefing back on the rugby field.
Coetzee game plan can be sum up with Roxette hit ” Crash, Boom, Bang”.
Italy would have been the best opportunity to let Gelant and Am loose but unfortunately Coetzee has other plans, maybe someone can change his mind as with Vermeulen.
I am maybe alone in my believe but I do disagree with Jake White that we can not be a force in 2019. If we get a quality coach he can turn our quality players around in two years nut it starts and end with what decisions SARU makes in December.
One want to ask why NH sides are so much better theses days, well England has Eddie Jones(Australia), Lions had Gatland(NZ), Ireland Schmidt(NZ), Wales Gatland(NZ), Montpellier TOP leaders Cotter (NZ), maybe it is time to realize we need someone outside South Africa because we simple do not have the quality within.