Irish loss should be wake-up call

2014-11-11 15:16
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In my view we deserved to lose and that was hopefully a wake up call for the team and coach. I think we went into the game overconfident having beaten NZ. Ireland's defence was excellent. We blew several opportunities through fumbling and bad passes. I thought Marcel Coetzee had a good game but he can't win a game by himself. Are Pollard and Serfontein the only ones brave enough to try and break a line - why were our guys running sideways? My thoughts are take off Jannie and Beast they truly are past it (as much as I respect them), Bismarck at his current work rate does not deserve to start he needs to find form. I would play Lood instead of Etzebeth. Jean and Cornel were nowhere. Francois had the worst shocker of all, you cannot kick away possession when you need to score. No disrespect to Oupa but he has been fast tracked and does not deserve the position you can see the difference without Louw. I think they should put Whatley on and put Vermeulen on at 7. Oupa can not and does not contest for the ball and it is not enough to defend we need a flank who can also get that ball back. Overall we deserved to lose and the guys know they can and are better than that.

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