Rugby Championship

Coetzee happy with Bok centre stocks

2016-09-27 07:20
Allister Coetzee (Gallo)

Cape Town - Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has said he is satisfied with his centre stocks, despite criticism from members of the press.

Coetzee defended his midfielders following a difficult June Test series against Ireland and the ongoing Rugby Championship campaign.

"I’m happy with the centres we have at the moment," Coetzee told SA Rugbymag.

"Juan de Jongh has brought a lot of energy to that position. Jesse Kriel defended well in that recent game against Australia.

Coetzee addressed the calls to select Lions No 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, who had an incredible season with the Johannesburg outfit.

"Rohan enjoyed a wonderful Super Rugby competition with the Lions, and is probably on the radar. But I don’t get emotional when I assess players. I look at the stats. And if you consider what Rohan can do (breaking the gain-line), we have that in Damian at the moment," he said.

De Allende though was one of three players sent back to their provinces on Monday for Currie Cup duty.

The others were wing Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) and hooker Malcolm Marx (Golden Lions).

The Boks tackle Australia in a Rugby Championship Test in Pretoria on Saturday (17:05 kick-off).

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