Jake White lauds Sharks' power game following loss

Jake White lauds Sharks' power game following loss

Bulls coach Jake White gave credit to the Sharks' powerful forwards following their 47-20 loss to the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

A Sharks outfit laden with World Cup-winning Springboks put the Bulls to the sword, running in five tries in front of the Durban faithful on New Years' Eve.

Particularly impressive was the Sharks' forward pack - which featured six Springboks including the talismanic Siya Kolisi - which outmuscled the Bulls. The home side was particularly viscous after the Bulls were down to 13-men, swinging the contest heavily in their favour.

"Once they play their power game, they get the ball in our 22 and use their pack of forwards, they are good enough to score against anybody," White told Rugby365.

"It was very difficult for us to stop their power. It was difficult with 15 [players on the field], it was almost impossible with 13."

It doesn't get easier for the men from Pretoria, as they host two games against the Dragons and the Exeter Chiefs (European Champions Cup) before traveling to Europe for two more matches.

"We will get it right," said the Bulls boss, referring to how they turned their season around last year.

"One thing about sport is it takes a while. This time last year we were in the same boat, bottom of the standings and wondering whether we will get into the playoffs and we did.

"That is the character of what we have to do - look inward and see where we can improve."