Experience is vital, says Jake

Bok coach Jake White believes SA’s Vodacom Super 14 teams need more experienced players to pull them through difficult periods.

White has always claimed that the chopping and changing of squads was a major factor in SA’s Super 12 failures and he reiterated his point following the Bulls and Stormers defeats to the Brumbies and Waratahs.

“One of the things you must appreciate is that you have to practise killing a game,” said White. “You also need consistency. It’s very difficult to say ‘we have learned from this mistake’ and the next time there is a new coach or team. When a new coach comes in, a new squad is picked.”

White rattled off the names of players he believed should be playing Super 14 rugby.

“I watched Vodacom Cup rugby at the weekend,” he said. “There were guys like Rudi Coetzee, Wessel Roux, Richard Bands and Hendrik Gerber playing. Those guys all played Super 12 rugby last year. If we are going to consistently change our teams because the coaches and personnel change then we are going to sit with problems of not winning games at the death.

“Hendrik Gerber would have had 35 Super 12 games to draw on and and would have been in that situation before, whereas the converse is that we are playing youngsters who are in their first or second years and expecting them to make those decisions.”