Allister Coetzee says Springboks must respond quickly after record defeat against the All Blacks

  • 17/09/2017

South Africa boss Allister Coetzee has waved the white flag at the All Blacks, saying Saturday's Rugby Championship opponents were simply too strong in their 57-0 drubbing in Albany.

The All Blacks ran in an unanswered eight tries and successfully neutralised the Springboks' game, particularly at the set piece.

From the Springboks' perspective, only the first 15 minutes - when they went toe-to-toe with the world champions - provides any silver lining.

For the remainder, they were simply not up to the task.

Coetzee acknowledged as much post-match, saying his green side had tried their best and performed well, but simply weren't as good.

"Credit to the All Blacks, they were superb tonight. That's why they're the world's number one team," Coetzee told reporters.

"Obviously we're disappointed - the players are hurting (but) that's definitely not through a lack of effort. I'm pleased with the way we kept fighting, passages of great defence and attack, but we couldn't break them."

For the many Springboks fans, the Test was likely reminiscent of last year's 57-15 thrashing in Durban.

But Coetzee was adamant there was no comparison.

His current set-up, led by a different skipper in lock Eben Etzebeth, was younger, hungrier and would learn plenty from defeat.

But they'd have to bounce back quickly, with their next Test against Australia in Bloemfontein in two weeks and then an All Blacks rematch in Cape Town.

"That's the challenge for us emotionally," Coetzee said.

"I've got no doubt in my mind that the players will never give up, never - I've seen this group, with the past seven Test matches.

"We've got no option but to fight back in South Africa."

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