Coetzee: I have no regrets
Cape Town - It certainly isn’t the way he would have wanted to go out,
but Allister Coetzee leaves the Stormers with his head held high and without
The 52-year-old took charge of his last game as Stormers
coach on Saturday as he watched side outmuscled, outplayed and ultimately
outclassed in a 39-19 loss to the Brumbies at Newlands in the Super Rugby
The absence of Duane Vermeulen and Schalk Burger may have
conspired against the Stormers, but in truth they were nowhere near deserving
of a place in the last four of the competition.
Coetzee had sidestepped the emotional aspect of his imminent
departure in the build-up to Saturday’s match, but at the post-match press
conference he opened up a little on what being a part of the franchise had
meant to him over the years.
“It’s been an amazing eight years in Cape Town,” Coetzee
“The development of myself as a coach and with my assistant
coaches has been amazing. It’s been a great experience.
“I’m pleased with my mission. Maybe not the way I wanted to
end tonight but playing and winning two Currie Cups, three Conference trophies
… being the best South African side and best transformed side … to me that’s my
job done. I’m happy with that, really I’m pleased with that.
“I go with no regrets. I go away very pleased that we’ve
won, we transformed and we were sustainable.”
“We didn’t win the big one … the Super Rugby yet. I’ll leave
that to the next guy; I’ve done the ground work.”
Commenting on Saturday’s match, Coetzee admitted that his
side were simply not good enough on the day.
“This is definitely hurting. This is definitely not the way
we pictured it to pan out,” he said.
“But one has got to take this on the chin, move on and give
credit to the Brumbies side. They were just better on the day in most
departments, especially the breakdown again. They were brutal. They’re deserved
winners. There are no excuses to be made.”
Coetzee now departs South Africa to take up a coaching role in Japan with the Kobe Kobelco Steelers.