Bulls coach suggests Sharks went against directive from Rassie

The Sharks ultimately did just enough to come away with a much-needed URC win over the Bulls at Loftus, but it was a rather scrappy and stop-start affair.

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Prior to the encounter, White had challenged the Sharks to play with high tempo at altitude, but he has now suggested they did exactly the opposite, which he feels is in contradiction to the messages received from SA director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.

The Sharks are currently ninth on the URC table, while the Bulls sit in 12th place

“If the Sharks had been able to play a bit quicker, [it would’ve been interesting]. They definitely said they were going to,” said White.

“But that was the slowest game that we’ve played from an opposition point of view. I spoke previously about the altitude factor because the [coastal teams] said it wasn’t affecting them, yet the Sharks were dead on their feet.

“The more we wanted to play, the more they walked from set-piece to set-piece and the more their medical staff were on the field…

“All I want to say is that when I came into the Bulls job, Rassie was massive on ball-in-play and making sure we don’t kill the game and making sure we don’t make referees not understand that.

“I just feel for the last couple of weeks that picture is not being sketched. “I would like to think after this that there’s enough evidence to show that teams who control the tempo and intensity should be rewarded.

“We can’t have a situation where a match official doesn’t get the understanding of why this (philosophy) was put in place. It’s obvious that Rassie put a premium on this because he coached at Munster and clearly understand what it takes for us to be competitive and successful in the URC.”

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