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“No reason to panic” – says Allister Coetzee

  • Allister Coetzee says it’s unlikely he will make mass changes to his squad for their next Test against Ireland
  • South Africa lost 26-20 to Ireland at Newlands last Saturday despite the visitors were a man down for the majority of the game
  • The Springbok head coach has stated however that his starting XV needs another chance to prove themselves
Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee says it’s unlikely he will make a lot of alterations to his starting XV for their next Test against Ireland on Saturday.

“I’m pleased with the reserves that made an impact, that is why they’re there,” Coetzee said.

“But I always believe you give players an opportunity to redeem themselves, they’re all disappointed.

“They all want the opportunity to fix it … there is no reason to panic. The only panic we have is to get it right for next week and the players understand that … they’re really hurting.”

Coetzee believes his side have the capability to turn it around in their next Test in Johannesburg.

“We didn’t only disappoint ourselves but we disappointed South Africa because this team had all the backing and support … that carries an extra load and inspires us to get it back on track quickly,” Coetzee said.