“Having The Ball In Broken Play Is A Strong Point” – Jake White


The DHL Stormers will host the Vodacom Bulls in a Round 8 United Rugby Champions encounter on Saturday at 19:00. According to Vodacom Bulls director of rugby Jake White the passion and hype around this game, shows that it remains the biggest rivalry in the South Africa.

"It goes far beyond just the tradition of the game, it speaks to the health and status of the game in South Africa," White said.

“I always said, as long as the big game stays the big game, then you are doing your job,”

White said the history of this match will have no impact on the outcome on Saturday's game.

“The Stormers won their second game, out of eight, this past weekend and won by a point, it is all back to square one in the URC this week.”

“We will compete hard there (set pieces), but the statistics actually show that the Stormers have an efficient lineout. They may not be as good there as before, but statistically they still stack up well against other teams.”

“I wouldn’t say it’s an area we can exploit, but it’s an area where we can put pressure on them.

“We have guys like Willie le Roux, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Canan Moodie, Johan Goosen and Embrose Papier, having the ball in broken play is also a strong point that we don’t want to move away from.

“We don’t want to kick the ball out and create structured play when our play from unstructured play is precisely one of the areas where we excel.”