While Irish rugby fans rejoiced after Saturday’s incredible 38-3 victory over South Africa, it was a dark day for the Springboks as they suffered their heaviest ever loss to Ireland.
This wasn’t a one-off bad day at the office for the Springboks however, as they recently suffered a 57-0 defeat to New Zealand and last year were beaten by Italy for the very first time.
Back in 2015, they were shocked as they lost to Japan in the greatest ever upset at a Rugby World Cup.
With things not going so well for them, there are now reports that they will be looking for a new coach after the November internationals.
Allister Coetzee is said to be on the way out after the Dublin massacre, according to the Sunday Times in South Africa he will be relieved of his duties at the end of the tour – with the Springboks preparing for games against France, Italy and Wales.
The report states:
Inside sources revealed that SA Rugby president Mark Alexander had a heated exchange with Coetzee in the immediate aftermath of the Dublin debacle‚ reminiscent of scenes after the Boks lost to Italy in Florence in 2016.
In a scathing article, Craig Ray writes:
Tactically‚ technically and emotionally‚ the Boks offered nothing. They looked like a team going through the motions and the players’ performances bordered on mutinous.
After the match Coetzee offered no reasons for the defeat and spoke half-heartedly about ‘fighting back’‚ which of course is just empty rhetoric.
With three more games on this tour it would appear that Coetzee’s job is gone – and it is but pride that he is fighting for now.
Joel Slattery, Pundit Arena