United Rugby Championship: Bulls boss Jake White savours impressive Leinster win

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Bulls coach Jake White claims the narrow win over Leinster in the semi-finals ranks highly in his coaching career but does not want to get carried away as he looks to keep building.

The Pretoria side defied the odds by beating the title favourites Leinster 27-26 in Dublin to book their spot in the inaugural United Rugby Championship final.

The semi-final was a thriller, and the Bulls cleverly disrupted the Dublin side’s set-piece, particularly the line-out, to gain ascendency.

Highly ranked win

White, who has a glittering coaching career, claimed the win was “up there” with some of his best and said his squad had grown tremendously this season.

“It’s got to be up there,” said White.

“To be fair, I said before the game this is an incredible Leinster team. They have dominated Europe for the last couple of years, I looked at their record and in 225 games in Pro14, they lost only 21.

“They have a lot of international players and what was really pleasing was that we started against them in week one and the learnings and understanding of what we needed to do next time we played them were evident today (Friday).

“And that’s why I’m so excited because it’s not just the fact that we beat them, it’s that the group has grown significantly in the last seven months.”

White showed his experience by enjoying the impressive win but not getting carried away as he is looking to keep building with the Bulls.

“I just think it’s fantastic, but one swallow doesn’t make the summer,” White said.

“We just won one game against Leinster and it’s great that our forward curve and progression looks like it does.

“There’s a lot more things that I would like to do. There’s a couple of more signings that we are still going to try to get into place,” he said.

“We are not close to where we want to be but, without being arrogant, playing in a URC final in year one and being in the Currie Cup semi-finals back home is something that is fantastic for our union as well.

“We want to keep growing and keep getting better, we are no different to Leinster. I’m sure Leo (Cullen, Leinster coach) will say the same message. They fell twice (including in the Heineken Cup final) this year and it’s not really like them and they will be a force to be believed with this year.”

He added: “One thing about Leinster that proves they are not a one-hit wonder is that they will be in the playoffs next year like they were last year and the year before.

“That for me is what we have to get to. The Bulls have to get to a position where every time we play a competition we have to be there at the back end of the competition. So far, so good but as I said, one swallow doesn’t make the summer.”

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