Bulls Jake White Nkosi

Bulls coach Jake White. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Bulls coach takes not-so-subtle swipe at referee, TMO

Jake White has made it clear that he feels the Bulls did not get the rub of the green from the officials in Saturday’s loss to the Stormers.

Bulls Jake White Nkosi

Bulls coach Jake White. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The Stormers comprehensively beat the Bulls 33-21 (half-time 17-7) in Cape Town on Saturday to set up a home United Rugby Championship semi-final showdown with Irish side Connacht.

As it happened, the Stormers dominated the first half, and then held their nerve in the second to complete a convincing victory in front of a record crowd of 44,109.

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The result marked the Cape franchise’s sixth-consecutive win in the URC against their rivals from Pretoria.

Although Bulls coach Jake White acknowledged they were beaten by the better team on the day, he also clearly wasn’t convinced by the performance of referee Jaco Peyper and television match official (TMO) Marius Jonker.

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In particular, White pointed out some head-to-head contacts, including one to Johan Goosen that forced the experienced utility back from the field.

“I think some guy whacked him (Goosen) on the head in a tackle,” White commented, as quoted by Sport24. “There were a couple of head to head clashes tonight which no-one saw. I watched a Test match where some of those tackles get red carded … tonight we had the best TMO, the best referee in South Africa, but there’s apparently nothing wrong [with the tackles].” 

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White went on to make a not-so-subtle reference to a few other aspects of officiating that he felt were not accurate.

“I’ve heard there’s zero tolerance on hands past the ball on the ground, but it didn’t look like that tonight. I heard that if you sack a maul, and it’s a tackle, then you can’t lie on top of the ball. But that didn’t happen tonight either.” 

The Bulls coach also expressed frustration that sometimes what is communicated between officials and teams behind the scenes does not then translate into practice on the pitch.

“Rassie (Erasmus) has taught you this many months ago, putting videos together asking about it… and then you see the pictures and then you don’t get any joy from the same pictures.

“I’ve got a lock (Charlie Ewels) playing for the Bulls (against the Sharks in the Currie Cup) tonight… he got red carded in a Test match for exactly the same tackle that I saw tonight in this game.” 

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Bulls-Stormers scorers

Stormers 33 (17) – Tries: Hacjivah Dayimani, Leolin Zas, Angelo Davids. Conversions: Manie Libbok (3). Penalty goals: Libbok (4).

Bulls 21 (7) – Tries: Cyle Brink, Embrose Papier, Bismarck du Plessis. Conversions: Johan Goosen, Chris Smith (2).

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