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“There’s nothing wrong with our scrum” – Jake White


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Mar 2013 at 12:28
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During the week Sharks coach John Plumtree highlighted a few areas of their Round 5 opposition, the Brumbies’, scrum that he would like referee Jonathan Kaplan to have a close look at. Plumtree was quoted as saying: “There are some things we’ve spotted with the Brumbies’ scrum that we aren’t happy with”. Brumbies and World Cup winning coach Jake White however feels that this is just John Plumtree showing his frustration.

White said that he has read these comments about their scrum and that he will meet with Jonathan Kaplan, he however added that they get feedback from Lyndon Bray, who’s the head of referees, every week and according to him there’s nothing untoward about the Brumbies’ scrum, “In fact” said White, “He’s praised our scrum”.

“I don’t think we scrum illegally, against the Rebels we scrummed against a pack that had no flanker because he was sent off and it’s probably tougher to keep the scrum square in those situations.”

“Jonathan Kaplan is one of the most experienced referees, though and I don’t think he’s going to get hoodwinked into comments we make or I make or John makes. At the end of the day he’ll blow it the way he sees it.” said White.

Later in the interview White caused a few chuckles when he was asked about the players who played under him during his time as Springbok coach and jokingly said: “Yeah, I know who scrums legally and which ones scrum illegally, you know, because obviously I’ve taught them everything they know.”

Then added that there certainly is an advantage to knowing these players “like the back of your hand” and said: “I understand their psyche. I understand what their strengths and weaknesses are”.

The Sharks and the Brumbies are two of only three unbeaten sides left in the competition and will both also play their first cross-conference game, the Sharks having played three South African teams, as the Brumbies have played 3 Australian teams. Both teams will have a lot to play for this weekend, as a win here might just secure top spot and leave them as the only unbeaten team in the competition. The Bulls, the third unbeaten team will have to get their first ever win against the Crusaders in Christchurch to maintain their unbeaten record.

White said that they were expecting another tough game and showed the Sharks some respect saying that they are a good side and pointed out that they played in the final last year.

“They’ve probably been one of the form teams for the last couple of years in South Africa both in Currie Cup and in Super Rugby.” said White.

“They enjoy playing in Durban, they enjoy playing at home, and we’re just going to have a full go and try and get a result.”

“We have an opportunity, if we win on the weekend, to go to the most consecutive away wins in the history of Super Rugby, so there’s obviously a massive amount for us at stake in terms of getting a result”, the Brumbies coach added.



29 Comments

  • Off topic:

    Australia: 53 points and 18 matches. 2.94/match.

    New Zealand: 47 points and 15 matches. 3.13/match.

    South Africa: 51 points and 15 matches. 3.4/match.

    Kakkerige stats, I know, but I just wanted make sure that everybody knows that SA rocks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.13 12:45:11 by King Shark Reply
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  • A little bit of arrogance there Jakey

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.13 12:48:11 by Talent Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 1) : If we exclude the byes it looks just as pretty for us:

    Aus: 41/18 = 2.28
    NZ: 39/15 = 2.60
    SA: 43/15 = 2.87

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.13 12:48:18 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 3) : Thats reflective of our defense in derbies(and in general) more than our overall ability to score tries I would say. Losing within 7 points to get a bp, perhaps?

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.13 12:50:52 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 2) : you know Jake…

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.13 12:57:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Jake needs to sort out his specs. :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.13 12:58:40 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : Jake thinks he’s way too cool for school these days, must be said.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.13 13:01:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : “Yeah, I know who scrums legally and which ones scrum illegally, you know, because obviously I’ve taught them everything they know.”

    Dont mess with me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.03.13 13:07:20 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 8) : that’s a real chop thing to say. Then again, Plum kinda started it.

    I don’t think there’s a lot of love lost there.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.03.13 13:13:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • pride comes before the fall Jake. or so they say. @robdylan (Comment 9) : Rob, I used to log onto sharksworld with my blackberry and a mobile site automatically opened up. On my Samsung Galaxy all I get is full version. What am I doing wrong?

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.03.13 13:35:25 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 10) : you’re not doing anything wrong…. issue is on my side. The mobile plugin I’m using is far too old to have heard of Samsung Galaxy… thus it doesn’t recognise it as a mobile browser.

    I’ll need to update the mobile site when I get around to it… just not sure when that’s going to be.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.03.13 13:53:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 10) : try it again now? I’ve added a general “Android” user agent to the mobile list… it now gives me the mobile site on my HTC… does it do the same on the Galaxy?

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.03.13 14:08:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Lets just hope that we don’t rub Kaplan the wrong way, with all the pre-accusations

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.03.13 14:42:23 by Talent Reply
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  • And he then may be undermining the value of the rest of our tight 5…

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.03.13 14:45:01 by Talent Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : whoop whoop! It worked Thanks Bud

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.03.13 15:01:41 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 15) : no worries matey

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.03.13 15:26:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : awwww, I liked getting the full site instead of the mobile site on my Galaxy! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.03.13 15:32:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : I was just waiting for that to happen. :)

    You realise there’s a link you can click?

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.03.13 15:53:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ok jake so the Bok players did not learn anything since 2007 when you stop coaching them and no coach in SA could teach them anything new in the six year. Wow a bit arrogant boet!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.03.13 16:37:05 by JD Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : there is a “exit mobile site” at the bottom of the page

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.03.13 16:52:58 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 20) : I think DB is just stirring :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.03.13 16:56:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey Rob while you fixing stuff any idea why I can’t “reply” to comments on both sites (mobi & full) when I’m on my phone? Works fine when I’m on the PC.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.03.13 17:08:13 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 22) : javascript disabled?

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.03.13 17:39:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Doh

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.03.13 17:49:51 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • No it’s running, why should it be disabled?

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.03.13 18:04:01 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 25) : no, it shouldn’t be disabled. The “reply to” arrow uses javascript to populate the comment box.

    What phone?

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.03.13 18:14:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ah beter! :cool: I’m also using a galaxy and this looks to be just dandy :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.03.13 21:38:33 by SteelShark Reply
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  • This is exactly what a ‘mobile’ site should be: Simple, basic, fast.

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.03.13 21:40:59 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : heheheh yeah. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.03.13 22:06:23 by Dancing Bear Reply
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