Jake White, former national team coach mentioned that Allister Coetzee deserves credit for the Springboks’ turnaround.
He expressed his thoughts on All Out Rugby, saying: “Allister Coetzee copped a lot of flak when things were going downhill and, now that the team has turned around, he deserves the credit.”
After a dismal 2016 season, the Boks changed their fate by winning their first five matches of 2017. On this topic, White said: “Fans are sceptical. They say the Boks haven’t really been tested this season because we haven’t played in Australia or New Zealand yet. That’s a natural comment to make, but supporters can’t have it both ways. When South Africa’s results were poor last year, everyone said they were directionless and unhappy; now it’s going right and people are saying “ja, but…” There are no “ja, buts.
“Last year, when Allister said, “yes, but I didn’t have time” and, “I didn’t have the staff I wanted,” people said he was making excuses. This year, he’s got what he asked for, and he’s delivered. He’s selected local players, picked the Lions stalwarts, picked a local captain, and brought in the staff he wanted and, so far everything has been spot on.
“I think you must congratulate Allister because he could have been dogmatic after last season and refused to bring anyone in. At the end of the day, he has delivered everything he said he would with the tools he asked for”, White continued.
White added that the Boks have delivered results with the assistance of Brendan Venter and Franco Smith.
For their next Rugby Championship match, the Springboks will play against Australia in Perth on September 9 (12:00 SA time).