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Cape Town - When the going got tough for another besieged post-isolation Springbok coach, Rudolf Straeuli, he tried to knock his charges into shape via the infamous Kamp Staaldraad.

We all know the fallout from that controversial 2003 boot camp ... not to mention the lamentable failure of the controversial exercise to have the intended effect on South Africa’s World Cup challenge that year, as they were eliminated at the quarter-finals and never looked true title material.

Incumbent Allister Coetzee, his grip on the post increasingly tenuous with a miserly four wins from 11 Test starts this year, appears to have taken a leaf from the Straeuli book, albeit to a more moderate extent, by using extreme physical measures to try to cajole victory from the Boks against Italy on Saturday.

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