#RWC10: I knew Boks would be world champs - Jake White
Springbok coach Jake White says that he remembers the feeling of knowing they would be world champions with only a few minutes left to play against England.
CAPE TOWN - Springbok coach Jake White says that he remembers the feeling of knowing they would be world champions with only a few minutes left to play against England.
South Africa beat England 15-6 in Paris a decade ago. It was the nation’s second World Cup in their history and the first time it was won outside of the country.
White says that he recalls the moment, because he rarely got that intuition in his coaching career at any level.
"I remember the final very, very clearly, obviously a lot of things were happening and the one thing I remember the most is that, I sensed with four or five minutes to go, we had won. There is not many times in rugby, even if it is a club game, and I remember it because it’s such a great feeling because you know there is not enough time for them to score twice."
White says that he was heavily influenced by his former coaches at school level, as they taught him about belief. And he says that this is critical in every group that wants to achieve success.
"In my schooling, if you didn’t believe it was going to happen then there's no use coaches trying to teach you it was going to happen. The one thing I pushed in the four years I was there is that it didn’t help that I was the only guy believing that we were going to win the trophy - because then I am talking to people who aren’t on the same page as me."
White shared a story about how he tried to influence the players after the semi-final win over Argentina.
"Things that people won’t know, after the semi-final I got them to do a lap of honour. Before they did it I told them to look at every part of the stadium because they were coming back there. And when they came back there they got the same emotions, I wanted them to have the same emotions of feeling what it’s like to win in that stadium."
White says he told the players they would be world champions years before, he spoke after a heart-breaking loss to France at the very same venue they would be crowned champions.
"We were in France, we were in the same changing room and we had lost to France with an intercept try. We lost by about five or six points, which was in effect that intercept try. And I remember going into the changeroom thinking what I am going to say, it was the last game of the year. I said we going to be in the same changeroom, some of you will be here some of you won’t be here. But the reality is that the only thing that will change is that there will be a trophy on the floor, and because I said it, it was easy for me to do that in 2007 at the end of the final. I didn’t have to say anything more, when I put it (trophy) down, everyone remembered."
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