Jake happy with Lions result

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Feb 2014 at 13:34
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Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has declared himself satisfied after Friday night’s 57-14 victory over a weakened Lions team, stating that several important boxes were ticked in the process.

“What we wanted out of this game was to get stuff right,” said White via a Sharks press release. “The things that we worked on, we got right and that gives confidence which is exactly what you want out of these games. I said to the guys afterwards that we came out of the game without injuries and we got what we wanted out of the game and got individual performances where guys put their hands up. We got unit performances where they work well as a unit, combinations worked well, the team played well. So for us what was so pleasing was that all of those boxes were ticked. It made no difference who the Lions put on to play for them, we were always going to go there with a checklist of what we wanted to get right and some of those things we got really right which is also pleasing.”

White was particularly full of praise for a player who stepped up in an unfamiliar position after a challenging last few seasons, S’bura Sithole. “At 13, he was unbelievable, he was phenomenal actually” said White. “That bodes well for us because we are probably a bit short in the centres, especially at outside centre, so for him to have played the way he did and to put up his hand as he did, was obviously very pleasing. He’s a case in point of a player taking his chance. He definitely made people sit up and watch.”

“Don’t underestimate having Francois Steyn next to Patrick Lambie,” White continued, “the fact that anything that happens outside them is always going to be dangerous. Having a 10-12 combination like that adds value to everyone else outside them. And that’s what was so pleasing about S’bura coming in and playing so well. He played without those two guys and I wonder what he’d be like if he played in combination with those two. We have an attacking backline and considering we don’t yet have JP Pietersen back yet, when he does, there is more value there. The forwards are talented, it’s about making sure we keep those backs fit and strong.”

Looking forwards to the Bulls game this weekend, White is clearly excited and nervous in equal measures. “There is no doubt that there will be first game jitters and some nerves, and then there are the conditions here which are the heat and humidity. The first couple of weeks are always tough to hold on to the ball – for all teams. One just hopes for us that we play as well as we can in terms of the things we’ve tried to do. The things we’ve spoken about are trying to use the conditions that are going to be available to us. I’ve used the experience of players and coaches who have been here before.

“Let’s be fair, the Bulls are the most successful Super franchise in South Africa and they aren’t going to come here and hand over what we want. It’s a derby game, the first game of the tournament for both sides and a lot of media hype about the fact that we have this talented squad. I think it’s going to be a very interesting game, an eye-opener for South African rugby.”


  • You’re fast! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.02.14 13:38:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : yes, I have a speed that belies my build

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.02.14 13:42:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • “It made no difference who the Lions put on to play for them, we were always going to go there with a checklist of what we wanted to get right and some of those things we got really right which is also pleasing.”

    That sentence makes me particularly happy. Says a lot about the team’s focus.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.02.14 13:42:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • The anticipation is killing ME. TG the S15 is back. The only ONE that is not excited is my wife.

    One game at a time – we have the makings of something great. Go sharks !!

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.02.14 13:46:46 by Observer Reply

  • and the wait is made worse by the fact that we are the last game on the short weekend as well 😯

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.02.14 13:51:22 by Dunx Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 4) : and my girlfriend buddy 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.02.14 14:21:02 by Poisy Reply
  • 9. Cobus Reinach
    10. Pat Lambie
    11. Lwazi Mvovo
    12. Frans Steyn
    13. S’bura Sithole
    14. JP Pietersen
    15. SP Marais

    That backline has enough pace, strength and guile, that when everyone’s in form and it clicks, it’s going to give a lot of defences sleepless nights.

    Here’s hoping they stay fit!

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.02.14 18:53:46 by MerckZ Reply

  • This will do wonders for the big lad’s confidence, so chuffed for Sbura 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.02.14 21:26:36 by Ludz Reply

  • Amazing, one good performance for one half against second string Lions players and he is a guaranteed starter for the Sharks and a future Bok. Did everyone just forget about Jordaan? Look I hope he lives up to this hype, but how can you simply replace Jordaan with him after only one half performance against questionable opposition? Slow down a little people.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.02.14 21:58:32 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 8) : I’m sure it was a massive confidence boost for Jordaan as well….. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.02.14 21:59:32 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 9) : Not many people on this site has been very positive with Jordaan at 13. After the game against Sarries, people wanted Esterhuizen to move outside Fransie. Maybe his hands and defence?

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.02.14 22:16:37 by Bite me Reply

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  • Just a thought….. I may get some slack for this comment…. Is Jannie du Plessis sure of his starting spot? I have not been a Jannie fan since he left the Cheetahs years ago. Penalties and missed tackles sure seem to follow him around. Maybe I just know [email protected] about the affairs of a front rower. This Lourens Adriaanse has impressed me the couple of times I have seen him play for Griquas.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.02.14 22:23:00 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 9) : Not getting ahead of ourselves, just excited at the prospect. The 13 cupboard was fairly bare; now there are two young players with potential jostling for that jersey.

    I really rate Jordaan – he was exceptional when we played the Reds in the Quarter Finals in 2012. If he can stay injury free and find that form, pace and creative spark he looked like he had, he’ll be first choice easily. It’s just terrific that we have another option – and Jake wouldn’t say what he said about S’bura lightly.

    I was hoping Jake’s influence would bring Jaque Fourie to Durban for a season or two (between Japanese stints), but this is a much better, long-term solution.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.02.14 22:49:58 by MerckZ Reply


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