URC – “There’s Nothing We Can Do In Two Weeks That’s Going To Get Us To Beat Leinster” – Jake White.


Vodacom Bulls Director of Rugby did not mince his words at a press conference following their 47-14 loss to Leinster on Friday evening at the RDS Arena.

The Vodacom Bulls will host Lyon in an EPCR knockout game if they beat Lyon they will face the winner of Northampton and Munster, whereafter, they will play Munster in a URC round 14 match.

Jake White once again said that the Vodacom Bulls still have a lot to do to compete against the top European teams.

"There's nothing we can do in two weeks that's going to get us to beat Leinster. I mean, I think the one thing that we need is time."

"I've got the match programme in front of me and I look and I mean, some of these players have got more test match caps than our players have got URC games. And if you look at the academy structure and you look at the signings they make, it's generally every guy comes out of the Leinster academy."

"They don't have to go around the world and go and buy other players. And when they do, they do it well. But generally, I mean, their system and what they've done at Leinster in the last two years is now paying fruition on where they are as a club," White said.

However, Jake White stressed that it is not all doom and gloom for the Vodacom Bulls.

"And I mean, it's not doom and gloom. I mean, I keep saying to you, this is a benchmark of where clubs want to be."

"We will be better. The learnings we got today in front of a very supportive crowd, playing against a very good team with pace and tempo. Yeah, there's a lot of learning."

"I mean, I don't want to, but right now Ludwig, who's playing, is a 21-year-old lock playing. I mean, look at the pack he was playing against at the end of the game. So we will be better."

"And the second thing, which I'm going to keep banging the drum, is we need guys like Jason Jenkins and Erkios Neyman and Jesse Creel and Andre Pollard and those guys to be playing for the Bulls in these competitions."

"We can't have those players playing against us. The best of Ireland are playing for the Irish teams, and the best of South Africa are playing against most of the South African teams."