Leinster have no trouble changing gears

Henry

Leinster’s ability to quickly shift into a higher gear and capitalize on their opponents’ mistakes makes them a world-class team.

The Bulls lost 47-14 against the Irish club at the RDS arena on Friday night, but Jake White believes that Leinster did not turn into a powerhouse overnight.

“When I look at their substitute bench, I am reminded of the Springboks’ reserves. It’s pretty much loaded with international players for you,” said the Bulls’ director of rugby.

The Pretorians enjoyed a half-time lead of 14-12, but the home team scored 35 unanswered points in the second half.

“It might look like we lost our way in the second half, but the Leinster players raised their game significantly in the last 40 minutes and we will definitely have to learn from that.”

The Irish’s excellent defense also quickly nipped any Bulls attack in the bud.

“The one thing that Leinster’s game has underlined once again is the ability to make the leap from defense to attacking rugby; it’s downright incredible. They punished every mistake we made.”

The Bulls have walked off the field as winners against Leinster twice – once in Dublin and once in Pretoria.

“We were lucky to win here in 2022 and now we have to be humble when we lose. We have to learn from this.”

Fortunately, there are now four United Rugby Championship games waiting for the team in Pretoria before they face off again against the Sharks in Durban on 1 June.

Bulls’ upcoming HRC fixtures:

April 20 against Munster (Loftus Versfeld)

April 27 against the Ospreys (Loftus Versfeld)

11 May against the Glasgow Warriors (Loftus Versfeld)

18 May against Benetton (Loftus Versfeld)

June 1 against the Sharks (Kingspark)