DURBAN – Yesterday, Facebook reminded me of a post I wrote two years ago on the day, tears clearly splashing onto my keyboard as I implored Saru to put Allister Coetzee out of his misery, not to mention a global Springbok following that was calling for his sacking...
Our prayers were answered, and while Coetzee had not had the same support from Saru that Rassie Erasmus certainly has, (he is the director of rugby so he can get whatever he wants as Bok coach), the bottom line is that the Springboks in last 18 months have gone from routinely getting hidings from the All Blacks to either beating, drawing or losing by one point to them.
How blissfully cool is it this week to have a calm Bok coach in Erasmus quietly announcing his team to play the All Blacks two days before New Zealand are scheduled to do the same. It sends out a signal to the rugby world that the Boks are in an ideal space.
Erasmus’ announcement shenanigans is now old history because he has matured into a coach who understands that it doesn’t really matter when you announce your team if you are confident in your plans.