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Allister Coetzee with Siya Kolisi © Gallo Images

Coetzee praises Boks



Springbok coach Allister Coetzee praised his team’s 37-15 win over France in the second test in Durban as the best of his Bok career, but warned that the team still had a long way to go.

The Boks produced a stellar performance to wrap up the series, negating the eight changes that the French had made to strengthen their team with a physical, dominating performance that was more impressive than their first test victory at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

“It was definitely a good win,” Coetzee said, “an unbelievable performance and I’m proud of the players and the way the team has grown over the last nine months. Nine months ago we were sitting in pain and it is great to witness the outstanding performance tonight.

“It wasn’t perfect and we have a lot of work to do in all aspects of our game, but I’m proud of our setpiece, proud of our attack and the way we defended. Defence has nothing to do with the system, or the structures, it all comes from the players and the team environment, that is what defence is about. The passion and commitment and how they defend for each other.”

Coetzee had several words of praise for his players, most notably man-of-the-match Siya Kolisi, replacement flanker Jean-Luc du Preez and impressive midfielder Jan Serfontein.

“Siya was outstanding, and we know his ability as a player, as a leader and he was in form for the Stormers and he has just carried that over to here. He is backing it up here. Jan has really been worth a million bucks, the go-to man in the team and the most experienced back out there. He has delivered and hopefully by the end of October when he leaves for overseas he will have qualified to play for SA (under the 30-test rule).

“I’m proud of Jean-Luc, he has made a huge impact, along with the other reserves. We were tested by the French in the first 10-15 minutes, they were on top of us then but we never panicked and with Warren (Whiteley) in charge, we started winning the collisions and that was a major thing in the second test.”

The bad news was that Oupa Mohoje, who left the field early, has been diagnosed with concussion and is likely to miss the third test.

French coach Guy Noves praised the Springboks, saying that the French were outplayed on the night.

“I am obviously disappointed, we made too many mistakes, and sometimes the players made mistakes at crucial times, not catching the ball or losing it at the wrong time.”

The third test takes place at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg next Saturday.



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