Cape Town - Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, on Saturday hailed the
resilience of his team and lauded the impact of senior players after South
Africa clinched the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland with a 19-13
win at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The win secured a 2-1 victory in the series, after Ireland
won the opening test in Cape Town and the Springboks edged them in
“We started the series with a loss and we were 19-3 down in
Johannesburg. And here today we were really put to the test, so I am very
pleased in the result and series win,” Coetzee said.
“The resilience and character of the team really came
through. We fought in the trenches and played test rugby out there today. It
was not attractive, but we needed to win,” Coetzee said.
The coach hailed the attitude of the team.
“The attitude cannot be faulted,” he said. “The performance
of senior players was great. What was also pleasing was the way the new players
adapted to test match rugby. There are many instinctive players in the team,
but they learned valuable lessons from the step-up to test rugby.
“This is all part of the building process for this team and
the foundation looks solid,” the coach said.
“We are busy creating a new culture that must develop and
bear fruit over four years. It was rewarding and pleasing that new guys got the
opportunity and each and every player took ownership of his position and
delivered. The guys need to continue playing well for the remainder of the
Vodacom Super Rugby. I will keep on rewarding form.”
Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss was also a pleased man.
“The last couple of minutes we showed a lot of character,”
he said. “They were still in the game at that time and we defended for our
lives, so the effort was brilliant. I think we progressed technically and
tactically over the three weeks. We had to, we played against a very good
Strauss gave credit to Ireland for their effort.
“They were very tough opponents and really tested us. They
forced us to improve from where we started and I am happy that we could respond
The Springboks next test is against Argentina in Nelspruit
on 20 August.