Tuesday , August 9 2022

Jake White on URC’s ‘Different’ Judgment: “Nothing Gives You Here”


Jake White to the Bulls

Jake White to the Bulls

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Bulls coach Jake White has shied away from any controversial refereeing decisions following his side’s loss to Edinburgh at DAM Health Stadium in the Scottish capital.

White’s team finished its European game at the United Rugby Championship (URC) on a low court, losing 17-10 on Saturday.

In the 76th minute, the wing from Tampa’s tread made its way to the Moran Stein crossover trilogy when Darcy Graham, Edinburgh, intervened.

Judge Ben Whitehouse mentioned an attempt, but officials banned Tamboa’s efforts when they controlled a double motion.

“It does not matter what I think – the reality is, it is not possible. That is what it was, and obviously I would like it to be an experience,” White told reporters Saturday night.

“It’s hard on a 4G pitch when it rains so he doesn’t slip and in one motion, lower the ball. But like I said, it doesn’t matter if I think it’s an attempt.”

White believes everything is adapting and hid his side battle in the second half.

“It’s about judging and understanding that this is a different competition. You are not given anything here,” White said.

“For the sake of fairness, we did get rewarded a few times with Bismarck (Dupless), I thought he was really good even in tonight’s collapse. So, I guess you take the good with the bad guys …

“There are a lot of things we need to look at. One thing is for sure is that we can not always (be behind) in the half and keep fighting to win.

“Though, I have to say I’m really proud that we were, right up until the last play, still in the game, and that’s credit to the guys who came.”

The loss saw the Bulls remain last two in the URC rankings on 5 points – one win and three games loss.

With a few weeks off, the Bulls will prepare for the URC stage when they face Monster (November 27) and Scarlets (December 3) at Loftus Versfeld.

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