Fault of the coach

2016-10-18 06:00

WITH reference to the critique on the Boks’ performance and coach Allister Coetzee, I disagree with Lunga Biyela­’s comment that firing Coetzee won’t achieve a thing.

If the problem is not Coetzee, the inference is that it lies with the players, but that’s simply not true - they are as good as any in the world, in spite of recalling oldies who might have passed their peak.
So if neither of those are the problem, it has to be our style and tactical play, and that’s the fault of the coach.

We need to adopt the five essential differences between our and the All Blacks’ game:

• speed - to react, initiate, pass, get the ball out of rucks/scrimmages and speed in feeding the back line;

• run the ball and stop kicking away possession;

• stop taking the ball to the ground at every tackle - it kills our movements;

• stay on our feet and try to break tackles, but if tackled, pass before going down;

• stop individual players trying to break through the centre and around the scrum. Again I say, pass and run the ball! When the All Blacks get possession, they seldom relinquish it and move by move make forward progress.

These are all the province of the coach and if he’s not introducing these tactics, find someone who can, ergo - Johan Ackermann.

Personally, I was in favour of his appointment even before Heyneke Meyer and again before Coetzee was appointed.

We can either win games or have a coach to please the politicians, not both.

WERNER EHLERS

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