“When He Gets It Right, He Will Be A Great Player” – Jake White


Vodacom Bulls hooker Jan-Hendrik Wessels has often been compared with Springbok World Cup hero Malcolm Marx despite some of his core skills at hooker, such as line-out throwing, needing a lot of work.

Vodacom Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White pointed out that Marx also struggled with his core skills when he first came on the scene.

“I am confident he will get it right."

“There is a hooker called Malcolm Marx, who lost a Test for South Africa against New Zealand and lost a couple of games for the Lions during his ‘learning’ process," White said.

“Now Malcolm Marx is one of the best players in the world,”

“That is the school fees you have to pay.”

“The only way he is going to learn is by playing in a big game and throwing the ball in on the tryline."

“I am happy to keep pushing him because when he gets it right, he has all the attributes to be a great player."

“He knows he has to work hard on that and I am comfortable, the more he gets into those situations, the better he will become.”