Jake White praises Bulls for crushing Zebre after poor start

It wasn’t until well into the second half for the Bulls to finally beat a heady Zebre Parma side 45-7 in their United Rugby Championship game at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi over the weekend, and coach Jake White admitted his team suffered. had had a bit of overzealousness in the first half.

Several opportunities mounted in the opening period and it was only thanks to two tries in the last 10 minutes of the first half that the Bulls went into the break 17-7.

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“In the first 25 minutes we had to find our way, so we scored 45 points in the last 55 minutes,” said White.

“In the beginning there were a few chances that we didn’t finish, but overall I’m quite happy with the way we played.

“It’s not so easy to get here to Parma. Even Munster couldn’t score more than 34 points here in January and they are one of the great European teams.

“Zebre had also only lost three players to their national side and was relatively unchanged, so there are a lot of positives for us, especially the five points that mean we stay in the league, but we will keep our feet on the ground.”

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While White questioned the small number of times his team was awarded penalties for Zebre’s offside, he did say he was pleased with the pace of the game allowed by referee Adam Jones.

“The offside might have been better controlled. Zebre would shoot off the line and we got caught a bit, they were coming at us all the time,” said White.

“But I was really happy with the pace of the game, the pace was what we needed in the URC to compete. It was a significant difference from what we got at home.

“There was speed on the ball, a much higher ball-in-play time, and that allowed us to keep pushing them with wave after wave of attack. The referee did that well.”

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