Considering that the Lions have been SR finalists for the last three years, without knowing the actual stats, i'll venture a guess that they're close to being the most consistent team in the competition. Certainly the most consistent sports team in our country.
Some of their superstars have left but there is nothing to suggest that had those guys not left that the team would have performed worse. Jaco Kriel, Faf, Redlinghuys(pity), Akker, Akkerman, Combrink(always injured). All part of the original team and all still of playing age, Redlinghuys obviously excluded.
Fact is, Coetzee did miss a golden, excuse the pun, opportunity to take advantage of what Mitchel started and Akkerman expanded on.
The Boks, since Coetzee took over, have been a shambles. This past season can be summed up as one bright flash in the pan surrounded by dissapointment. And was our best year out of the last three.