Frik tells Jake to go!
15 Jul 2006
South Africa’s player of the century Frik du Preez has told Jake White to pack his bags as Springbok coach. He is not alone among former Springboks.
Rapport newspaper predictably fired cannons at White through former players and the most significant of these was Du Preez.
“It is a disgrace,” said Du Preez to Rapport Newspaper. “Losing is not nice, but to lose like this is very bad. The Boks lost before they even walked onto the field. I don’t blame the players because they don’t pick themselves. Blame the coach. I would have walked if I was Jake White. I don’t understand why certain players don’t get picked. Where are guys like Luke Watson, Kabamba Floors, Tim Dlulane?
“If they (selectors) don’t know who to pick then they can come and ask me. I will tell them.”
Former WP and Bok scrumhalf Divan Serfontein said White should go and be replaced by Free State coach Rassie Erasmus, who is only into his second season as a senior coach.
Serfontein accused White of having his favourites and always talking about the need to plan for the World Cup. Serfontein said focus should be on getting the best out of every test.”
Former Free State and Bok flyhalf De Wet Ras criticised the selections. He called them pathetic.
He was especially critical of not playing with a specialist openside flank, calling it madness.
Another of the Rapport ‘Dial a quote regulars’ Burger Geldenhuys said he struggled to finish watching the game.
“Jake White’s team selections are catching up with him. It was suicide to play against George Smith without a specialist fetcher.”
Alan Zondagh completed the assault by saying that technically the Boks were poor and that White could no longer try and tell the world the players he had in his national group were the best ones.