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Point to prove as Boks coach seeks answers in his first assignment

THE BULLS may have been woeful there this season, but the Springboks still boast a superb record at Loftus Versfeld.

Point to prove as Boks coach seeks answers in his first assignment

Point to prove. Coach Allister Coetzeer has been retained as Boks coach and on Saturday, he begins his assignment against the visiting French side.

The Bulls have already lost three times in front of their home crowd in Super Rugby this season, but you would have to go back to 2006 and a 45-26 loss to the All Blacks to find the last time the Springboks came unstuck in Pretoria.

It is the venue for Saturday’s first Test against France as coach Allister Coetzee looks to start 2017 on a high, and if the Boks win it will be their ninth successive victory at the venue.

One of those victories came in 2009 in the second Test against the touring British and Irish Lions, when Morne Steyn’s last minute penalty from inside his own half gave the Boks and coach Peter de Villiers a 28-25 win on the day and a historic series victory.

Last year, Coetzee had one of his better days as Bok coach so far when he relied on Steyn for an 18-10 win against the Wallabies.

In total, dating back to 1955, the Springboks have won 26 of their 34 matches at Loftus – a win percentage of 76.47%.


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