Cape Town - Under fire Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has said the record defeat to Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Saturday was "difficult to explain".
As it happened: Ireland v Springboks
Coetzee, still looking for his first victory in charge on an end-of-year tour, oversaw yet another record defeat as the Boks bumbled their way to a 38-3 loss, the massive 35-point differential easily eclipsing the previous biggest defeat of 17 points - in both 2006 and 2014.
"It was disappointing and as a group we take full responsibility. Ireland were clinical," Coetzee added.
Back in 2016 Coetzee set the first of several unwanted "records" when he took charge of the Springboks' first ever home defeat to the Irish at Newlands.
The calls for Coetzee's dismissal will no doubt grow as the team looks to regather and prepare to face France in Paris next Saturday.