Brendan Venter and Allister Coetzee during Springbok practice at the Cape Town Stadium on Monday afternoon. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – When asked for comment on Springbok defence coach Brendan Venter’s comments on Twitter following the 27-27 draw against the Wallabies – in which Venter said that fans should “stop watching” rugby if they’re only interested in winning – Coetzee said that Venter must have been “misunderstood”.

“Whatever Brendan said… we’ve got a process going in this team. And if you focus on the process rather than the result…

“If you’re outcome-driven the whole time, how will you get to the next round? I think he’s been probably misunderstood,” the Bok head coach said on Monday ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks at Newlands.

Coetzee also explained that they are focused on their “processes”, and that results will come.

“We will continue to focus on our processes – results we will get in time. If you follow your processes the results will come.”

“We never prepare to lose a Test match. When the one team is firing, like the All Blacks did on the day (in Albany), what can you do? You just have to try your best.

“We will focus on the mini battles and not on the outcome.”

Allister Coetzee speaks about Brendan Venter's tweet... Video: Ashfak Mohamed

And on the challenge of hosting the All Blacks at Newlands for the first time since 2008, Coetzee said: “It’s a challenge that we’re looking forward to – it’s a great challenge to play the All Blacks at Newlands with a lot of All Blacks supporters, and we embrace it.”


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