Jake believe in his Boks


Sharks boss Jake White believes Saturday’s play-off encounter with the Highlanders will be much more like Test match than a Super Rugby showcase – by Rugby 365

Jake White - Sport24
Jake White – Sport24

As a result he believes that the experience of his seasoned Springboks will be a key factor in the knock-out stages of the competition.

“The bottom line is there are no bonus points to worry about in a knock-out game, you just have to win, it doesn’t matter how,”White told a media briefing in Durban on Thursday.

“It means you can’t take too many risks.

The reality is that they”[the Highlanders] are not going to [take risks].

“It’s about being game ready, about how to get out of half. It is about when you do create opportunities, you must take them.

“In play-off rugby, you don’t get all the opportunities you might get in regular games – perhaps only two or three, and the team who reacts quickest – and takes them – wins the game.  

“I don’t believe teams will run out of their 22 or try fancy chip kicks out of their 22, when they know it’s a knock-out game.”

White felt that his internationals – players like JP Pietersen, Frans Steyn, Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Jannie du Plessis and captain Bismarck du Plessis holds the key to success.

“What excites me the most is that it’s like a Test match, it’s the way you play Test match rugby,”White told the media gathering.

“We almost have a test team, they’ve all been part of Test matches. It’s a knock-out game, so in a lot of ways we don’t have to change much about what we’ve done this season.

“Knock-out rugby is possibly the thing we’ve done consistently well throughout the season.”

Asked if the Highlanders shortage of knock-out experience could count against them, White reiterated that Test match experience does count.

“The Crusaders have 18 All Blacks in their squad and that is what counts when you get to these stages of the tournament,” the Sharks’ Director of Rugby said.

“All that experience and Test match learning at international level is taken into games.

“I take confidence out of the fact that in this group, a lot of these boys have played Test rugby. They understand what’s coming in the next couple of weeks. It’s becomes like a Test match now, you get judged on not making mistakes and then taking your chances when they come.”

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  1. Well it’s the old cliche’ with RSA ‘test rugby’… if their forwards are matched they’ll be in trouble… Highlanders backs are dynamite with the two Smiths and the new ‘beast’ in AB rugby starting…

    Going to be a cracker…

  2. He’ll be balanced out by the C-Cells own “Beast” in their backline Bryce.
    None other than “The Shifty Gypsy”…..Paul Jordaan.
    C-Cells by 12.

  3. Wonder who on SA HMstein would put at 13 to shut down this latest micronesian import NZ has weaponized?

    Hennie “Maginot Line” Daniller is gone to his nick-namesake France – not that he would have ever gotten a look as he’s not a 13 & is offensively worthless, but an utter stalwart on defense.

    Who are the “nails” centers defensively? Give HM’s penchant for golden oldies perhaps a ring to Dewet Barry is in the cards, IDK?

    Think its probably best to use Serfountain there to shut down this guy in the RC but in HM I trust.

  4. DavidS –
    JF will certainly work ( major trouble for that piledriver nowadays).
    I don’t think he is available though for RC.
    The RC this year is very big deal. NZ/SA games are making up for the horrific ref tragedy of last year that made both games moot.