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Jake White excited about Bulls’ Preparation Series young guns

10 March 2021 - 15:47 By Mahlatse Mphahlele and mahlatse mphahlele
Blue Bulls coach Jake White has turned the Loftus side in a force again.
Blue Bulls coach Jake White has turned the Loftus side in a force again.
Image: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

Bulls coach Jake White is excited with the abundance of young talent at Loftus who are impressing in the SA Rugby Preparation Series.

The Bulls registered their second win of the series by beating the Pumas 48-31 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Tuesday night with a largely youthful squad of an average age of about 22 years.

With two wins over the EP Elephants and the Pumas in the bag‚ the Bulls will be looking to continue with their winning momentum next week Friday when they host the Stormers in Pretoria (March 19).

“The most important thing that I have enjoyed the most is the fact that the average age of this team is about 22 years‚” said White after the win over the Pumas.

“There is a boy [Reinhard Ludwig] who last year was at Affies [Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool] where he matriculated and he came on to play.

"Jan-Hendrik Wessels is still only under-20.

“What I am chuffed about is that there is nice depth in our squad going forward.

"The depth is not only for now but in the next couple of years were we are going to have a good team if we can keep them together.”

White said the Bulls made life difficult for themselves at some stages in the win against the Pumas.

“It’s always going to be tough against the Pumas in Mbombela.

"I am sure their coach Jimmy Stonehouse gave them a piece of his mind at half time but in saying that‚ we let them score about 17 points in the first 21 minutes and they didn’t score again until about the 70th minute.

“Even though it didn’t look like the second half was great‚ defensively we were much stronger.

"Every week Jimmy and I we don’t want to give penalties away – when you give penalties away the next thing you are defending in your own 22 with the maul.

“I think it at times it was over-eagerness from our guys. I looked at them and they were all trying too hard.

“Props were running‚ a new scrumhalf was trying and knocking the ball on‚ but that is what you get when you have a young team.”