Comeback showed what Springboks can achieve - Coetzee


South Africa coach Allister Coetzee believes Saturday's stunning comeback victory over Ireland in the second Test at Ellis Park showed the potential of his side.

Ireland looked to be headed for a series-clinching victory as they twice opened up a 16-point lead in Johannesburg, but Ruan Combrinck's introduction from the bench proved significant - the debutant wing scoring one try and playing his part in another for Warren Whiteley as the Springboks battled to stay in the game.

The hosts were still 11 points behind with 11 minutes remaining, but Pieter-Steph du Toit and Damien de Allende crossed to complete a fantastic turnaround.

"We are very satisfied with the win and the way we came back and won it," said Coetzee, who had been highly critical of his players following the first Test.

"That second half just showed massive character and that was very pleasing.

"The players did not go out there to play badly in the first half. Our guys were over-eager, I believe. Ireland have a vastly experienced team, especially the backline, we did not. Combinations take time.

"We have been together for 20 days. The comeback showed how much we can achieve and the potential there is.

"One of our core values is resilience and that showed. We were in a hole and had to get out. We will become a good team, I know that. Tonight was a building block. Don't write us off yet."

Combrinck was among several home replacements to impress and Coetzee added: "The impact from the bench was massive. They turned it around for us. This team is not about 15 players, but rather all 23.

"I am pleased that Ruan Combrinck took his opportunities, as did players such as Julian [Redelinghuys] and Franco [Mostert]. Those guys are not Lions players, they are Springboks."