Coetzee: Important win for us

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:02
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REACTION: Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said the Springboks' 18-10 win over the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday was an important boost to the team's confidence for the remainder of the season.

The coach said the team's defence and set-piece were the most pleasing aspects of a win that pushed the South Africans back into second place on the Rugby Championship log.

"It was an important win, not only for our confidence but also self-belief. I am a very happy man and will never underestimate any Test win. For a team that had their backs to the wall, a win like this means a lot and is a definite confidence booster.

"Our defence was outstanding and our set-piece delivered the needed pressure on them when we needed it, which resulted in points for us at crucial times. I have to give credit to defence coach Chean Roux as he worked very hard this week to get everyone on the same page," Coetzee said.

Coetzee felt the Springboks' attack was also improving but admitted that they did not play the territory game as well as they could.

"We have been good with ball in hand, although our continuity is not what it should be. We moved the ball well. We wanted to play territory and get more set-pieces in their half but our chase line was not the best," he added.

He had kind words for the contributions of captain Adriaan Strauss and flyhalf Morné Steyn, who scored all 18 points via four penalties and two drop goals.

"Adriaan's value in leadership and at scrum time showed the great character he has. Morné justified his inclusion. He showed he is still a Test match player. He remains proud to play for the Springboks and that showed," he stated.

Strauss said it was a proud day to be a Springbok player.

"The support was great from the fans and we want to thank them. The game could still have gone either way in the last five minutes but the crowd pulled us through. That was amazing for us," Strauss said.

Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jesse Kriel, Bryan Habana and Rudy Paige picked up niggles, with Coetzee advising that more would be known after proper assessments.

The team will travel to Durban to play New Zealand on Saturday, October 8 in their final Rugby Championship clash.

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