White chasing another milestone

Date published: May 11 2016

Montpellier head coach Jake White is determined to reach another milestone in his illustrious career by winning the Challenge Cup in Friday's final against Harlequins in Lyon.

The 2007 World Cup winning coach has managed to attract several of his former Springbok players to France and will be hoping that their wining mentality will be able to get them over the line on Friday.

Despite winning the game's biggest prize, White is still driven to achieve success. 

“Even though I have won a World Cup, winning the Challenge Cup is still a progression for me. It is another opportunity for me to make sure that the players understand the pressure, that they learn to play under pressure, to handle that pressure."he told EPC Rugby.

"It is a good opportunity to measure ourselves. Harlequins have won this competition three times, each time against a French team, often winning at the last minute. I know we will have to play a full 80 minutes, and the bench will have to perform."

Montpellier beat the Dragons and Sale Sharks on their way to the final and White is banking on his former players' international experience to get them over the line on Saturday.

“It is more comfortable to prepare for a final when you have match-winners, those guys who know how to win," he added.

"That is why I picked them. You asked if some of the decisions were difficult, but the factor for me is picking players who can play, who can win, who understand the systems.

"Having those guys is amazing. Bismark, Jannie, François Steyn all won a World Cup. Pierre Spies won Super Rugby. Many of the players here won many trophies.

"Selecting the team is easy, because I can pick from many guys who know how to win."