Rugby Championship

Coetzee's long list of unwanted 'records'

2017-09-18 11:35
Allister Coetzee (Gallo)

Cape Town - Allister Coetzee has added another unwanted blemish to his record as Springbok coach. 


Since taking over the national job ahead in 2016, Coetzee has achieved five unwanted 'firsts' for the Springboks. 

Saturday's 57-0 loss to the All Blacks in Albany was the heaviest defeat in Springbok history, but it is only one of a number of low points for Coetzee. 

Since his first match in charge of the Boks back in June last year, Coetzee has been making headlines for the wrong reasons. 

Here, we take a look back at Coetzee's Bok career so far and highlight FIVE instances where he broke records ... but not the kinds of records he would like. 

1. June 11, 2016 - Cape Town

In his first match in charge, Coetzee watched on as his side went down 26-20 to Ireland in Cape Town. It was the first time ever that the Boks had lost to Ireland on home soil. What made the result even worse was that the Boks played against 14 men for a full 58 minutes after CJ Stander was red-carded for his late hit on flyhalf Pat Lambie. 

2. August 27, 2016 - Salta

After having squeezed past Argentina in Nelspruit in their 2016 Rugby Championship opener, the Boks were then off to Salta for the away leg. It didn't go well, and the Pumas beat the Boks 26-24 after a lackluster display from the visitors. It was the first time that the Boks had ever lost to Argentina away from home.

3. October 8, 2016 - Durban

Having beaten the Wallabies in Pretoria the week before, the Boks went into their Durban clash against the All Blacks hopeful. But what followed was another tough day for South African rugby. The All Blacks scored nine tries to none from the Boks on their way to a 57-15 win. It was South Africa's biggest ever defeat on home soil, their biggest ever defeat to New Zealand and the most points they had ever conceded in a Test match.

4. November 19, 2016 - Florence

One of the darkest days in the history of Springbok rugby. Already under fire, Coetzee was expected to get a much-needed confidence booster against Italy. Instead, the Boks were woeful and lost 20-18 in Florence. It was the first time ever the Boks had lost to Italy, and a new low for Coetzee and the Boks. 

5. September 16, 2017 - Albany

57-0. The biggest defeat in the history of Springbok rugby. It came this past weekend, again against the All Blacks, and it has put Coetzee right back in the firing line. 


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