Experts slam coaching structure

Former Springbok flyhalves Naas Botha and Joel Stransky have slammed the coaching structure in South Africa for the string of pitiful results recently.

Speaking on Boots&All the duo were lamenting, among other results, the hiding handed out to the Baby Boks by England at the IRB U19 World Championship earlier on Thursday.

Eugene Eloff’s charges fell apart to end on the wrong side of a 42-13 result, after the previous hammering by France. The defeat meant they were booted out of the Championship.

“There is a serious problem with the coaching structure in this country and it needs to be addressed urgently or these problems will continue,” said Botha. Stransky added: “If the system is not working, it needs to be changed.”

“Everyone keeps saying we have the talent so then clearly the problem lies in how we are coaching the players,” said Botha. “We need to get someone in charge to change the system.”

The pair bemoaned the lack of a national director of coaching to oversee how things work in SA rugby’s coaching structures. “Saru need to address this problem urgently,” stressed Stransky.

Another weekend of Vodacom Super 14 defeats awaits SA fans and with no end to the misery in sight SA rugby as a whole is losing support on a daily basis. It needs to be address at the highest level urgently, or the current malaise will inevitably filter into the Springbok setup.