URC – “They Don’t Play Rugby In Their Half, They’re Not Dangerous” – Jake White


Vodacom Bulls director of rugby Jake White was a happy man following their 25-10 win at the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday. It was the Vodacom Bulls' second win in a row with the Vodacom Bulls edging the Emirates Lions 30-28 end of January.

According to White the Emirates Lions aren’t a dangerous team and did not put the Bulls under pressure once during their Round 10 United Rugby Championship fixture.

“In the first game, it was Nohamba’s sidestep, the overthrown lineout and we dropped the ball over our own tryline. Today it was a chip kick and a bounce that got them in."

"They don’t play any rugby in their half, they’re not dangerous, I mean they don’t put us under pressure once in a multi-phase attack."

“It wasn’t like we were under the pump five, six, seven, eight phases. I don’t really agree that they run from everywhere and all that. They probably play the least amount of rugby of all the teams we play against,” White said.

Looking back at their close win end of January, White said at a post-match press conference that the Vodacom Bulls made a huge step up this time round.

“To turn that around three weeks later, to get four tries, a bonus point and a win, obviously not many teams have come here and done that. We are obviously very happy with that.”

“We are very happy. To come here and get a bonus point was great. Especially after the last game where it went down to a kick missed by Hendrikse for us to win,” said White.