The Springboks got The Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start with a victory over Argentina on Saturday. A decent effort, even if coach Rassie Erasmus found just half an hour of it to his liking.
There were a few times in Allister Coetzee's reign where it looked as if the Springboks had turned a corner. Not because they played well, but rather because it appeared that they were fostering a culture that went beyond the results on the field, however grim they were.
Coetzee would routinely remind anyone who would listen that his time with the team had been limited and it was only a matter of time before it all came together.
He was right. Only, the coming together would not happen under his tutelage. Because while Coetzee had his wily moments, as a man-manger, something was lacking. As a tactician, he was cut from old-school cloth.
At the weekend, the Springboks rallied from behind to beat Argentina in their...