Rugby Championship

Coetzee: Hard to see All Blacks losing

2016-10-09 18:02
Steve Hansen (Getty Images)

Durban - Springbok coach Allister Coetzee was full of praise for the All Blacks in his post-match press conference on Saturday night. 

Having just witnessed his side concede nine unanswered tries on their way to a 57-15 loss, Coetzee said afterwards that it was hard to see the world champions coming unstuck anytime soon.


This All Black team, under Steve Hansen, has now become the fourth top tier side in the history of the game to win 17 straight Test matches.

They share that record with two other New Zealand teams and the Springboks, but they can become the first side to record 18 consecutive wins when they host the Wallabies in Auckland on October 22. 

"It is difficult (to see them losing) … they’re good in all departments of the game," Coetzee said.

"It’s really going to be a tough ask for anyone. They ooze confidence and once a team is confident and you have quality and you can play with that freedom … then it’s difficult to stop that."

Hansen, meanwhile, has said all week that the record is something that the All Blacks have given close attention to. 

"They want to do something that nobody else has done," he said of his group of superstars. 

Hansen added that the Wallabies would be well up for the match, especially given what it meant to the All Blacks. 

"We'll enjoy tonight and then get home and enjoy some times with our loved ones," Hansen said. 

"Then we'll get together again and start preparing as best we can for what will be another tough game of rugby. If we do that and work hard, then we give ourselves ever chance."


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