Springboks has apologised for the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Italians with the team’s coach proclaiming the defeat, the darkest moment of his coaching career.

Coach Allister Coetzee and Captain Adriaan Strauss apologised to the country for suffering a 20 – 18 defeat against Italy in Florence last Saturday. Speaking, Coach Coetzee congratulated Italy for their historic win and remarked that the loss was the darkest moment of his rugby coaching career.

He said: “I would say it’s the darkest moment of my coaching career. Definitely the toughest. But I don’t want to look at it emotionally now because emotions are high.

“No disrespect to Italy, but it’s not good enough for the Springboks to lose to Italy. I can only congratulate them on an outstanding victory. Compared to us, they played without any pressure on them while we looked like a team that lacked self-belief and had a fear of failure,” added the coach.

Captain Adriaan Strauss pointed out that it was the first time in 13 matches that Italy defeated the Springboks. And asserted that the team was very disappointed by its performance against Italy.

“We are not going to offer any excuses, what happened was not worthy of what we stand for as a team and as a rugby playing country. We are in a dark place at the moment and we must get ourselves out of it,” he said.
In a media statement, the President of SA Rugby upheld that the whole of South African rugby is extremely disappointed with this year’s Springbok results and deeply worrying aspects of the performances.

“It has not been good enough and no one is pretending otherwise. We have a minimum target of winning three out of four test matches each season – which is better than the historical record – but we have not come close this season.

“It would be easy to lay the blame for that at one door or another and look for scapegoats but it would also be an oversimplification. All of us within South African rugby need to look at ourselves and ask what we could have done differently in aid of the Springbok cause,” read an excerpt from the statement.