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Jones expects usual tricks from White

By Jim Morton 03/07/2005 04:23:11 PM Comments (0)

Eddie Jones has stirred the pot before Saturday's Mandela Challenge Test by suggesting South African coach Jake White will try to unsettle the Wallabies with "his old tricks".

Jones immediately renewed his rivalry with White by predicting the canny Springboks mentor would continue a trend of manipulating the media.

The Australian coach would not elaborate but was almost certainly referring to how White pulled the strings to his side's advantage before last year's Tri-Nations decider in Durban.

Among a number of contentious issues, White was fingered as the man who planted a story in the SA press there was Brumbies-NSW rift in the Wallabies ranks.

The Wallabies denied the division, allegedly sparked by the selection of NSW hooker Brendan Cannon ahead of incumbent Jeremy Paul, but were ambushed the next day in a painful 23-19 loss.

"Jake White is going to be up to his tricks this week there's no doubt about that," Jones told reporters in Brisbane.

"I think Jake's always very good at manipulating the media so he should have some fun with you this week."

White was not available for comment, but a Springboks spokesman scoffed at the predictions and accused Jones of being the pot that called the kettle black.

A customary week of verbal niggle should be a mere entree to the on-field battle at Telstra Stadium after both teams have registered impressive wins over France in the past eight days.

The Wallabies, led by playmaking maestro Stephen Larkham, were at their attacking best in their helter-skelter 37-31 win over Les Bleus at Suncorp Stadium.

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