“Running rugby is fairytale stuff” this is what Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said after the Springboks were outscored by one try to nil but still emerged victorious against Australia in a Test match played at Loftus Versveld on 1st October 2016.
This attitude held by Coetzee goes a long way in explaining why he dropped the Lions halfbacks Faf de Klerk and Elton Jantjies right out of the matchday squad. What it doesn’t explain is why he selected de Klerk and Jantjies in the first place.
Not only did Allister Coetzee select the Lions halfbacks to play his special brand of Domkrag rugby but it took seven tests before Coetzee realised that the Lions halfbacks don’t suit his style.
The Lions play running rugby which is very similar to the way the Kiwi teams play. The Lions came second in the Super 18 far better than any other South African team. The All Blacks won the championship with two rounds to spare playing running rugby. These results fly in the face of Coetzee’s assertions.
Rugby in South Africa has seen falling attendances over the years. People don’t want to spend their hard earned money watching boring rugby that has a very limited success rate.Typical of the style played by the Stormers when Allister Coetzee was in charge of the Cape Town Franchise.
That Stormers team stopped other teams from scoring and tried to sneak wins by accurate goal kicking. Which is exactly what the Springboks did to Australia at Loftus on Saturday. Coetzee praising Morne Steyn afterwards saying “I think Morne justified his selection”. Steyn successfully converted four penalty kicks and two dropped goals sending the Loftus crowd into raptures. The Loftus crowd must obviously agree that Domkrag rugby is the way forward for the Boks.
Many Bok supporters think this win signifies a step in the right direction. Domkrag is responsible for the falling standards of South African rugby and the dwindling crowd support so for me this victory is in actual fact a step in the wrong direction.