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Bulls DoR Jake White's brutally honest reaction to Glasgow loss

By Rugby365
David Kriel of the Bulls during the United Rugby Championship final match between Vodacom Bulls and Glasgow Warriors at Loftus Versfeld on June 22, 2024 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Image

A dejected Jake White, Director of Rugby at the Bulls, said his team will be back after they were beaten 16-21 by a Glasgow Warriors side that seemed to have the perfect plan in the United Rugby Championship Final at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

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Hindsight is a perfect science and today White will probably be thinking should or could they have done anything differently?

The moment that turned the game was just before half-time when Glasgow’s Scott Cummings powered his way over the line to close the deficit to 7-16. It annihilated the Bulls’ confidence.

The Warriors produced a masterclass in physicality against a young Bulls side who persisted with their game plan of trying to bash the mauling kings with their forwards.

The home side’s one-off runners were tackled backwards and there was no way through. Yet they continued with this plan of attack throughout the second half despite not finding any holes in the strong Warrior’s defence structures.

“I’ve been in rugby for a long long time and credit to them. They defended really well. Some of our big ball carriers got tackled backwards,” White acknowledged.

Match Summary

3
Penalty Goals
0
1
Tries
3
1
Conversions
3
0
Drop Goals
0
128
Carries
123
2
Line Breaks
7
11
Turnovers Lost
10
6
Turnovers Won
5

“But we’ll be back.

“If I’m really honest about where we are -three years, two Finals, a really young team.

“Every guy that came on for the Glasgow Warriors is international.

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“And we are not there yet.

“So, there’s no nice way. I told them in the changeroom. When you get an opportunity like that, when you get older, you realise that sometimes you miss an opportunity,” White told reporters at the post-match conference.

That Cummings try was a sore point for the coach, who acknowledged that wrong decisions could have cost him the title.

“And when I look back…39 minutes, maul, should we have held that ball back, maybe there was a penalty to us and then it’s 16-0 up.

“We break away, they get a penalty, they kick in the corner, it’s 13-7.”

The Bulls went into the Final as the top try scorers of the URC. Their 80 tries was a new record.

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But on the night only the strong Marco van Staden managed to barge his way through the tough Warriors defence to score his side’s only try.

The other strong man in the Bulls line-up, Wilco Louw, was denied a try by the TMO, who deemed he was held up by Rory Darge.

“It’s probably tougher for me. As I get older I start to work those things out in my head.

“But we will be back.

“I know – I’ve already marked [it], we are playing Glasgow away, I already know the date.

“And, that’s all I can say.

“There is nothing I am going to say that is going to make it any easier.

“We lost away to Stormers, we lost at home. I don’t think anything I say is going to make it any better.

“I lost a Super Rugby Final in Chiefs, lost a Rainbow Cup in Benetton, lost two URC Finals. So I’ll probably have to look at what I have to do as a coach to try and get over the line.

“I’ll think about it.

“But I also want people to understand what this young group has achieved in three years to play in three Finals and a quarterfinal last year.

“I can’t rush the goalie – I can’t make it any quicker than it is.

“That Glasgow team have got of guys that are internationals. Their whole pack played internationals and then they play Six Nations against England and France.

“So they are probably a little bit more seasoned, a little bit more aware of what’s happening.

“And the margins are small.

“As a coach, as a guy who has been around, as a coach who understands, all I’m disappointed in for them is that you get a chance and you don’t take.

“Not because they didn’t try, not because they did anything that I can point fingers at.

“It’s not nice and it is something we are going to have to learn, but I can promise you, and you can take this to the bank, we will be back.”

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Ed the Duck 24 days ago

For the record, the stats above don’t quite provide the full picture of that match, or the outcome!

Dempsey & McKay both beat 7 defenders in the game - the most since Opta started collecting these stats in 2010.

Glasgow made more than double bulls meters in the second half and more overall, despite having less carries. They also had more line breaks and beat more defenders. It was just the fifth time in the entire league season that a team had beat 40+ defenders in a single game, with Glasgow the only team to manage it twice.

So yeah, goof luck figuring out where it all went wrong jakey boy…

Ps it WASNT the ref!!!

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Henrik 26 days ago

maybe next time start celebrating AFTER the final whistle ….. I too thought, the Bulls were clear favourites, but then again, Glasgow had beaten the Stormers and Munster on their way, so underestimating them, even while playing at Loftus, could turn out deadly - and alas did

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Leonidas 26 days ago

White demonstrating the worst of Bok rugby after Ruan Norte so eloquently praised the victors. He may be a WC winner, but he needs to understand that humility rather than hubris make great leaders

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Ed the Duck 26 days ago

So whoever wrote this decided to leave out White’s comment that the referees were ensuring away wins for Glasgow?! That was real bollox from someone who should know better…

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finn 5 hours ago
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