Results always important, says White

Jake White says no Springbok team can afford to not worry about results and that winning remained a priority.

White said the tour of Ireland and England was about developing certain aspects of play and certain players, but not at the expense of results. It was always the team’s intention to try and win all three tests. He felt he had picked teams capable to do this.

“We wanted all three wins on the tour. Perhaps the players lacked that belief against Ireland, but the positive we all took from the defeat against England is that this team can win at Twickenham.

“That is what will be different on Saturday. They know they lost the first test more than England won it and there was a lot of good we took from the test. We are desperate to win and I know that if we do the right things on Saturday we are a good enough side to get the win.”

White said several players had shown themselves good enough to play at the highest level on the tour and that he had added depth to his squad. He also said it was unfortunate that some players did not get as much opportunity, but attributed this to the nature of the tour.

Guys like Chiliboy Ralepelle and JP Pietersen have not played, while Jaco Pretorius and Hilton Lobberts have had just 40 minutes.

White was asked if he had considered Saturday could be his last test in charge. He refused to answer, saying he did not make the decision on his future and he would not speculate about it.

He also said all concerned had known the risks and prospects of bringing a young squad on tour and all had brought into the process. He added that the South African public would never accept the Boks coming second, so it was crucial to end the tour with a win.