Cape Town - Springbok coach Allister
Coetzee was pleased with the performance of his squad following their 37-15
win over Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, but
warned that further improvement in key areas will be needed if they want to
build momentum in the Rugby Championship.
The Boks scored four tries, with
the wing duo of Courtnall Skosan and Raymond Rhule crossing for their first
Test tries, while Siya Kolisi and Pieter-Steph du Toit also crossed the
whitewash. Elton Jantjies added 17 points with the boot.
South Africa face Argentina again
next weekend in Salta and Coetzee said they need to improve on Saturday's
performance if they want to beat the Pumas in their backyard.
“I am very pleased with the win,
although it was not a perfect performance,” said Coetzee.
“We did some good things out
there, our scrums were outstanding, with Coenie Oosthuizen delivering an
exceptional performance, our mauling has improved and once again the bench made
a telling difference when called upon.
“But for us to deliver another
winning performance, we need to improve in a number of areas, such as tactical
kicking and our lineouts.”
Coetzee was pleased with the
patience the Springboks showed on attack.
“The Pumas were a tough team to
break down and a lot of credit must go to the leadership of the team, who
stayed patient,” said Coetzee.
“The message at halftime was to
stay patient and keep on doing what we were doing. We also needed to play in
behind them, they were leaving gaps at the back and I think we exploited that.
We managed to create the space and the players backed themselves when that
The Springbok defence also
deserved a mention, the coach insisted: “The Argentineans are very physical,
but we were spot-on with our defensive tactics. They attacked us close to the
rucks and we were ready for that, with the guys putting in some big tackles and
Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth
was also pleased with the performance - the Boks’ fourth successive victory
“We wanted to play in their half
and we managed to keep them down there and punished their mistakes,” said
“We must try and take some of
this momentum into next week’s game. We need to change the mind-set that away
matches are tough and try to stay positive.”
Both Etzebeth and Coetzee were
full of praise for the support they received, with the official attendance for
the Test at 43 513 spectators.
“A lot of credit must be given to
supporters here in PE,” said Etzebeth.
“They created a great vibe, not
only today, but also at our open training sessions during the week. We really
appreciated that. The crowd today was awesome, the people was great all week,
we really enjoyed it to stay and play here.”
Coetzee indicated that they will
stay and train in Port Elizabeth until Tuesday, before the squad of 28 players
and management start their trek to Salta via Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and Buenos
“Most of the work will be done
here and hopefully that will freshen us up for next weekend’s match in Salta,”