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Oyonnax winger Tian slams 'smartarse' Jake White
ESPN Staff
January 12, 2015
Jake White is in the firing line © Getty Images
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Oyonnax winger Silvère Tian hit out at Montpellier coach Jake White in the wake of their 20-13 triumph on Saturday.

White got off to a winning start at Montpellier when his side saw off Toulon on January 3 but they were brought back down to earth on Saturday when Tian inspired Oyonnax to an impressive win. White has already caused controversy with his comments about Montauban, when he said: "Playing in Montauban, in a field in front of five people and a dog, it does not interest me"

Montpellier had to apologise for his comments and Tian said White underestimated the threat of Oyonnax. He told Rugbyrama: "They have a manager in Jake White, who was being a 'smartarse' and doesn't know too much about French rugby. Already he's criticised Montauban, but he doesn't know what it is.

"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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