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  • 29 Mar
    South Africa coach Allister Coetzee insists he should not be blamed entirely for the Springboks disastrous year. The Springboks complete a dreadful 2016 against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday with Coetzees future in some doubt.South Africa have lost seven of their 11 Tests this year - including a record 57-15 defeat to New Zealand and a first-ever home loss to Ireland - and on Saturday were beaten by Italy for the first time in 13 attempts. In the wake of that 20-18 defeat in Florence, SA Rugby president Mark Alexander appeared to cast doubt over Coetzees future by releasing a statement questioning results and performances.Alexander also promised an end-of-season review after coming up against a Wales side who have been holding their own inquest after squeezing past Japan 33-30 on Saturday. Sky Sports Black Friday sale Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price! But Coetzee said: Its 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.Theres 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 weve only had four good years, and if we continue what weve been doing youre not going to see any different result. South Africas players show their disappointment following their 20-18 defeat to Italy last Saturday Weve 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.Theres a lot of dark clouds, but the silver lining is there I believe.The 53-year-old has extensive coaching experience in South Africa at both Western Province and the Stormers.Coetzee led Super rugbys Stormers for five years until 2015 before succeeding Heyneke Meyer as Springboks coach.We are low in confidence and well try our best to try and fix the problems, Coetzee said. Saturday was dreadful and no-one can be happy with that result.We are in a bit of a hole at the moment and the buck stops with me. It is my responsibility to get the team out of that hole. Highlights of Englands opening Autumn International against South Africa at Twickenham Asked about his own future after the Wales game, Coetzee replied: I have signed a four-year contract and Ill do my best to make sure we perform this weekend.Whatever happens, happens. But Ive got a four-year deal and we want to end this tour on a good note.I can promise you this weekend is going to be a physical battle decided by small margins.South Africa and Wales are two very passionate rugby countries and nationals coaches have a massive responsibility on their shoulders.I dont know about the (criticism of the) Welsh, but I do know they are a quality Test side.Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4! Also See: Howley wary of Boks backlash Coetzees darkest moment WATCH: Greenwoods Favourite 5 Team of the week Air Jordan Shoes For Sale Cheap . 10 Texas A&Ms offence dominated as usual against SMU. Discount Air Jordan Shoes .Y. - Jerome Samson scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the St. http://www.cheapairjordanretro.com/ . It was Kerbers third final of the year after losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in Monterrey in April and to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago. 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Jason Bay advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Justin Smoak was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Zunino then worked the count full before singling up the middle. Yoervis Medina (3-2) pitched the 10th to earn the win. Oliver Perez struck out the side in the ninth, his 12 consecutive scoreless inning pitched. Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro homered for the Cubs, who ended a two-game winning streak. Bay hit his ninth home run and Nick Franklin had two doubles among his three hits for the Mariners, who had lost two in a row. Cubs starter Travis Wood left in position for his first win in five starts after allowing two runs on three hits and striking out six in 6 1-3 innings, but Chicagos bullpen failed, leaving Wood winless since May 30. The Cubs had a 4-2 lead going into the eighth with James Russell on the mound. Franklin led off with a double and Kendrys Morales drove him home with a one-out double. Ibanez followed with a run-scoring triple on a line drive that got past sliding left fielder Brian Bogusevic and rolled to the wall, tying the game at 4. Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight innings, with four runs and six hits allowed. He struck out five. It was the fourth time this season Iwakuma has completed eight innings, and all four times he has come away with a noo decision.dddddddddddd. The Cubs led 2-1 going into the seventh and added to their lead with a pair of home runs, both coming on the first pitch. Soriano led off with a drive just inside the left field foul pole, his eighth. With two outs Novarro also hit his eighth homer to right-centre. The Cubs took advantage of a throwing error by Franklin, Seattles second baseman, in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Soriano led off the inning with a single, and with one out Ryan Sweeney hit a hard grounder down the first base line that got into the deep right field corner for a triple. Soriano scored and second baseman Franklins relay throw home got past catcher Zunino, allowing Sweeney to score on the error and giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. The Mariners didnt get a hit until the fourth inning when Franklin led off with a double and didnt score until Bay homered to lead off the fifth. All nine of Bays home runs this season have been solo shots. Seattle scored again in the seventh. After Bay led off with a walk and Dustin Ackley was called out on strikes, Carlos Villanueva came on to replace Wood. Bay went to third on Zuninos bloop single, and Brad Miller -- making his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Tacome before the game -- drove in Bay with a fielders choice. NOTES: Miller was the eighth player to make his MLB debut with Seattle this season. He was 0 for 3 with a walk, RBI and stolen base. ... Seattle optioned INF Carlos Triunfel to Tacoma and designated INF Alex Liddi for assignment. ... 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