URC – “I Don’t Think We Are There Yet” – Jake White


After beating the Stormers 40-22 in the United Rugby Championship on Saturday night at Loftus Versfeld, Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White reminded the media that he said that the unbeaten streak of the DHL Stormers would eventually end.

“We waited a long time for this, we will enjoy this” said White.

“Bakkies said to me in the change room, sometimes the road is longer than it is wide, and it has taken a bit of a long road for us, but it was comprehensive today."

"Against a great defensive side, we scored four tries and had one disallowed. Defensively we kept them out.”

“It was probably the best we’ve played against them in all the fixtures together. For 28 minutes, they were nowhere, they looked like another team. They didn’t look like a champion team.”

“We didn’t just beat them tonight, we convincingly beat them and it could have been bigger if we had taken our chances."

White was adamant that there wouldn’t be any complacency following the win.

“I don’t think we’ll get complacent because we have grown as a team. When we started, we probably did really well with a young group of players, (but) we were always going to get better."

“This doesn’t mean we’ve won anything. We’ve won a game and it’s a pool game. We are happy to stay ahead of them, but we’ve won nothing. We aren’t going to get ahead of ourselves. You won’t see things on social media about us being the best team that’s ever played rugby.”

“It starts to sink in that the team is getting better and better. We had no Elrigh Louw or Cameron Hanekom, just two examples of guys who would have been in our mix, but that creates so much more competition in our group. Now everyone wants to be part of something that is as nice as tonight."

“I don’t think we are there yet. I am a lot happier with what happened tonight."