Test Series

Coetzee eyes result 'at all costs'

South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee has set his sights on winning "at all costs" against Wales on Saturday, following a humiliating defeat for the Springboks in Italy.

Coetzee's men were beaten 20-18 in Florence on Saturday - their seventh defeat in 11 Tests in 2016.

But the former Western Province coach, who has been in the position since April, hopes to get back on track with a victory in Cardiff against Wales, who have also been struggling for form under interim coach Rob Howley.

"I can promise you this weekend is going to be a physical battle decided by small margins," said Coetzee. "We need to focus on our processes and the result will come from that.

"A few basic things can cost you the game, so the focus this week is on simplicity and I want to have enthusiasm out there.

"I'll be making changes to the team to bring that enthusiasm and energy and hopefully we can get a result.

"Simplicity means the result at all costs."

Despite mounting pressure, Coetzee remains confident in his ability to steer the Springboks in the right direction.

"We are in a bit of a hole at the moment and the buck stops with me," he added. "It is my responsibility to get the team out of that hole.

"It's been a tough year and I can take responsibility for a lot of things. But I only got started in April and there are challenges in South African rugby that are unique to us.

"There's no excuse for the poor performance but there are discussions happening and it is looking really positive.

"This is a great opportunity to address the problems and clean out the wounds. We need to diagnose and treat the symptoms of it.

"In the 21 years since our World Cup win in 1995 we've only had four good years and if we continue what we've been doing you're not going to see any different result.

"We've got this chance to make South African rugby come first and become aligned. There has to be a South African way of playing and that is starting to come around.

"There's a lot of dark clouds, but the silver lining is there I believe."