Wing Tian hits out at White after win

2015-01-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Oyonnax wing Silvere Tian hit out at Montpellier coach Jake White after his side’s 20-13 win in the French Top 14 at the weekend.

White had started on a high when Montpellier beat French and European champions Toulon in his first match in charge the previous week.

But his side came unstuck against a plucky Oyonnax this past weekend, and are now eighth on the Top 14 log standings with eight wins and eight losses from 16 games.

Just a few days into his stint in France, White was forced to issue an official apology after saying he was happy to play against heavyweights Toulon because “playing in Montauban, in a field in front of five people and a dog … does not interest me”.

Oyonnax are also a less glamorous club and this prompted Tian to hit out at the former Springbok coach after their victory, claiming White and Montpellier had underestimated them.

“They have a manager in Jake White, who was being a ‘smart ar**’ and doesn’t know too much about French rugby. Already he’s criticised Montauban, but he doesn’t know what it is,” Tian told Rugbyrama.

“He thinks Oyonnax is a ProD2 team, so it was a pleasure to show him that the ‘ProD2 team’ really handed out a beating to his team of stars. We showed him that he must be humble. I think that will serve as a lesson. Winning against Toulon doesn’t mean they are the best, if you’re a world champion it doesn’t matter once you’re on the field.”

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