Boks face Brazil-like pressure

Jake White believes the expectation on the Springboks before the Vodacom Tri-Nations is similar to what Brazil endured at the soccer World Cup.

The Bok coach on Wednesday said his side would be under “more intense speculation” than the Wallabies despite the Aussies’ defeat in Christchurch last weekend, simply because of the massive attention the South Africans receive back home.

“The pressure is intense every week, because rugby is our national game,” White told the media. “Look at the football World Cup. Brazil not making the final was a disaster for the country, because they are considered the top football nation.

“It’s no different to New Zealand where rugby is their national game and they seem to be getting it right. It is a challenge for us so we’ve got to make sure we get it right.”

White also tried to downplay comments he made to the Cape Argus earlier this week when he claimed he would soon be fired. He simply said that history suggested he was on borrowed time as Bok coach.

“By the history of South African rugby…coaches didn’t last that long,” White said. “One of the negatives of this job is that you have to appreciate that you can get fired, it doesn’t mean I will get fired,” he said. “But the reality is that it’s the nature of the game in our country, we have high expectations.”