The coaching problem since 1992 always bedevilled the Springboks. In the 1990’s the norm was that the 10-man game was “traditional SA Rugby” and backline attacking play was a no-no. The backline was there for defence purposes only. This anamoly was carried forward by most SA Coaches since then.
Matter of fact the argument can be raised of who were the worst coaches in the period since 1992 – but especially after 1995. I would say the four worst coaches were Straueli, De Villiers, Meyer and Coetzee. Straueli is still involved in rugby administration and as such has nothing to do with coaching at all. The other three will never get a coaching job again. De Villier discredited himself first, followed by Meyer and Coetzee fired by the Clubs who contracted them after their Springbok coaching years ended. Both failed badly as Springbok coaches.
The fact is that despite the coaches the Springboks moved forward under Erasmus – who by some distance was the best coach since 1995. Reason – Erasmus is really a rugby genius who knows how the game should be played to be effective, England was the favourite to win the World Cup – yet they lost by a near to record number of points in the final. T hat says it all.