Rugby 22.7.2014 05:00 pm

It’s do or die for Jake White’s Sharks

Jake White (Sharks Director of Rugby) of the Cell C Sharks during the Cell C training session and press conference at Growthpoint Kings Park on July 17, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images.

Jake White (Sharks Director of Rugby) of the Cell C Sharks during the Cell C training session and press conference at Growthpoint Kings Park on July 17, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images.

The thought of taking his troops over to Christ-church for their weekend Super Rugby semifinal later in the week, never crossed Sharks mentor Jake White’s mind.

It’s been a method employed by the Bulls in the past to eliminate the effects of jetlag but it won’t be copied by the Durbanites, who departed on Sunday.

“I think it would be disrespectful not to get to New Zealand straight away,” said Jake White before take-off.

“I’m old school in a way. It’s about being fair. If you’re going to play in that country, you need to live there a bit as well, so to speak.”

Ingraining themselves in the intricacies of the South Island paid off handsomely earlier this year with a memorable 30-25 win over the Crusaders with 14 men and Jake White hopes that will place his charges in a positive frame of mind.

They’re based again at the Clearwater resort just outside the city, a serene venue allowing for comforts such as the training venue being within walking distance.

“It’s ironic that the two sides that we probably will have to beat to win the tournament – the Crusaders and Waratahs – are sides we beat earlier,” noted Jake White.

“We know that if we play well enough, we can win this game. It’s just about understanding that we need to be fresh and do the things well. It’s knockout rugby.

“It’s meaningless what happened before, what the history books say and how many All Blacks are present. Otherwise, we might as well stay here. I just want us to go out and enjoy this trip.”

Jake White’s knowledge of this context will also be important.

“All these situations are lessons for players and they take a lot from body language.

“I want them to see I’m positive.”

 

 

 

 

 

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