Defiant Coetzee bullish ahead of Wales clash

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Coetzee fronted the media in Cardiff on Monday in the aftermath of Saturday’s humiliating 20-18 defeat to Italy in Florence, and cut a determined figure despite a torrent of criticism from the public on social media and the South African press, with several calling for him to resign or be fired due to a record of seven defeats in 11 Tests this year.

The Wales Online website reported on Monday that Coetzee spoke about the Boks having had just “four good years” since the 1995 Rugby World Cup triumph, and that “if we continue what we’ve been doing, you’re not going to see any different result”, and that there needs to be a South African style of play.

“We are low in confidence and we’ll try our best to try and fix the problems. We want to end this tour on a good note. Saturday was dreadful, and no-one can be happy with that result. With due respect to Italy, it was the way we lost it as well. We had enough opportunities to win it easily and unfortunately we didn’t,” Coetzee said.

“We are in a bit of a hole at the moment, and the buck stops with me. It is my responsibility to get the team out of that hole. It’s been a tough year and I can take responsibility for a lot of things. But I only got started in April, and there are challenges in South African rugby that are unique to us.