Mallett: White deserves a 'klap'
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has taken a swipe at Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White after the player was involved in several niggling incidents during his side’s Super Rugby loss to the Stormers at Newlands this past weekend.
It was an ill-tempered game, which the Stormers won 25-24 after overturning a 16-3 first half deficit.
White appeared to spark several of the niggles and the game ended in another bust-up between the teams when he pushed Stormers fullback Cheslin Kolbe after the latter had booted the ball out to end the game.
Mallett, speaking in the SuperSport studio afterwards, criticised the Brumbies No 9.
He said: “It was a very niggly game and it was probably because of how much was resting on this result, for both sides. Both teams were very physical, they played a lot of direct rugby. There were a lot of off-the-ball incidents - a lot of holding, pulling of jerseys and just getting up each other's noses. Nic White needs a good ‘klap’ quite frankly, and someone will give it to him. He rushed around inciting a lot of those incidents.
“'The penalty count was 19 to the Stormers and five to the Brumbies and it made them very frustrated because they felt (referee) Stuart Berry was just looking at one side rather than the game as a whole. The Stormers had to scrape out a win and they did thanks to Christian Lealiifano missing a kick from straight in front of the posts.”