Coetzee lauds Bok defence

Allister Coetzee praised the Springboks' defence after their series-clinching 37-15 win against France at Kings Park on Saturday.

The Boks made 191 tackles and missed just 15 for a tackle success percentage of 93.

'I am proud of our set piece and proud of the attack, but in particular the way we defended,' he said.

'The team plays for each other and that was shown in the defence tonight. They do it for each other. The system does not tackle, the players in the system needs to make the tackle. The reaction time of players, to get back on their feet and to get back in the position again, that was very rewarding to see.'

Coetzee felt for Oupa Mohoje, who was taken off the field after a heavy blow, but was pleased with the performance delivered by Jean-Luc du Preez, his replacement.

'Oupa's early injury was unfortunate. Jean-Luc played well. We have a squad of 31 and it is not easy to select the match 23, as the players are close to each other in ability. The bench players made a huge impact, look at the try Coenie Oosthuizen scored when he came on. That is a good situation to have.'

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