White predicts Sharks,Brumbies play off

May 11, 2014
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JakeSharks Director of Rugby Jake White has predicted that his team will play the Brumbies later this year in the Super Rugby play offs – and he says he would rather beat them then.

White’s former team the Brumbies beat the Sharks 16-9 in Canberra keeping them tryless for the first time since 2001. Under White last year the Brumbies beat the Sharks in Durban and this was the first time that White had returned to Canberra since he quit with two years left on his contract.

White had hoped to replace outgoing Wallabies coach Robbie Deans but when the position went to former Reds coach Ewen McKenzie White quit the Brumbies and returned to South Africa.

White said that the Sharks failed to make the most of their opportunities against the Brumbies. “We had our chances in the beginning to get the scoreboard rolling and maybe create a bit of distance, but we missed those,” White said.

“The game goes in momentum. When we had the momentum we lost it and when they got the momentum they took charge of it. “I’m sure we’ll play the Brumbies again this year so you’d rather win the next one.”

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said that they had to dig deep but that beating the competition leading Sharks was “hugely rewarding”. “It was a hugely rewarding result, any time you get a win over the Sharks is good, especially in the context that they have been leading the competition this year,” said Mowen.

“The boys had to dig deep in tough conditions but I thought we managed it well.”

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2 Comments

  1. avatar Duiwel says:
    May 11th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    “Our ball skills in South Africa really need a tremendous amount of work,” Mallett said.

    Mallett said the problem started at schools and at grassroots level, and said there was too much emphasis on size and strength and not enough emphasis on teaching young players crucial attacking skills.

    “I would like to make an appeal to schoolboy coaches: please teach guys evasive skills, the ability to time a pass, to straighten, to create space on the outside, to run at a gap, to hit-and-spin, to try and offload if you’re still on your feet, to try and get continuity without getting to a breakdown and without kicking an up-and-under.”

    Mallett said the quality of rugby dished up in the games between the Sharks and Cheetahs, and the Stormers and Lions, especially handling errors and conceding turnovers, demonstrated why the Springboks have difficulty trying to run the ball against the All Blacks.

    “After watching this, it’s no surprise to me that Heyneke Meyer decides to play a very limited game with the Springboks.

    “It’s no wonder the Springboks play a kicking game, because we are not capable of holding onto the ball for long periods,” Mallett concluded.

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 11th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    And we lack the skills at breakdown – one
    of the first problems HM pointed out.
    Yet we scored 4 tries vs the All Blacks.

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