Cheika calls Jake disingenuous

Jake White (Gallo)
Jake White (Gallo)
Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White and Waratahs coach Michael Cheika have been embroiled in a war-of-words.

White's side beat Cheika's team 32-10 in a Super Rugby match in Durban over the weekend, with the duo having a go at each other after the clash.

The two have a history of public spats, dating back to White's stint as Brumbies coach in 2012 and 2013.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald website, White made reference to the window Cheika broke at Canberra Stadium two weeks ago and thanked the 'Tahs coach for making it easier to motivate his players for the clash.

White was talking about an incident from the Brumbies-Waratahs game when Cheika shattered the pane of glass in the Canberra Stadium facility at the end of the match.

"Whatever Michael Cheika says, we believe, don't we," White added after having his contemporary's take on the game relayed to him.

Cheika said he was surprised to read the comments after meeting White after the match.

"I didn't read them in detail but it wouldn't hurt me to be criticised by someone who's disingenuous, so it doesn't hurt me," said Cheika.

"If he felt that way, he could have said it to me when he saw me before the press conference and shook my hand.

"And there's a track record there, isn't there? I would almost see it as a compliment to be criticised by someone like that."

White was earlier asked for his take on the high penalty count in Saturday's game, which grew to 20-9 against the Waratahs and was questioned by Cheika in his post-match comments.

"I just want to see if our (the Kings Park stadium) coaches box is still alright, because I have to get (CEO John Smit) to get some insurance for it," White quipped.

"Hopefully it's not too damaged."

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