These are tough times for the Springboks

The Springboks lost 37-21 to England at Twickenham on Saturday. This is 6th loss for the 2007 World Cup winners and the first time England have beaten South Africa in 10 years. Springbok coach Allister admitted his team is facing a very difficult time right now.

“It’s hurting, it is tough times,” coach Allister Coetzee told the media after England’s four-try victory.

“But this team doesn’t give up and I draw comfort from the way they kept fighting out there today.”

“In the crucial moments of the game we made mistakes and it was taken away from us,” said Coetzee.

“We had them under pressure but we couldn’t handle their contestable kicks. Those individual mistakes cost us.

“At times we were a bit passive in defence – we need a bit more speed off the line. We shouldn’t really concede a try like we did from the set-piece.”

Captain Adriaan Strauss echoed the sentiments made by Coetzee.

“There was no specific moment but test rugby is about pressure and we couldn’t handle it,” he said.

“They got out of their territory well and they tested our defence from the rucks and we weren’t up to it. We knew what was coming but they executed very well. “England are very effective in what they do, good rucks, good kicking, but we could have defended better.”

Fortunately the next game is against Italy.

South Africa has never lost to Italy, who were trounced 68-10 by New Zealand on Saturday.

“We need to get a win, that gives the team belief in the structures and what we are trying to do,” said the coach.

“There may be a few changes and hopefully that will bring some energy.

“We were right in there for 30 minutes today but we paid the price for not doing certain basics right.

“But there is no lack of effort in training or on the pitch so we have plenty to work with.”