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Scrums remain the key


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 16 Oct 2008 at 22:26

The average number of set scrums in Super Rugby and Currie Cup finals during the past five years was only 13 per match, but the scrum remains the place where the first moral victory is gained during the most important 80 minutes of the season.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that this is the expert opinion of three former Blue Bulls prop forwards who played in Currie Cup finals.

Richard Bands and Willie Hills, both former Springboks, and Piet Boer agree that the battle in the front row will be decisive when the Blue Bulls and the Sharks meet in this year’s final in Durban next week.

Bands, who was at tighthead in three finals, says the scrum is the only facet in which an opponent can be intimidated without the ball.

Hills, the loosehead prop in the 1991 final against the Lions, refers to scrums as “a war within a war. Here you don’t win a battle; you win the war.”

The number of scrums in a final does not really matter, says Hills. What counts, is the psychological advantage that accrues from every scrum.

Pack will be lead-footed

Defeat in the scrum saps one’s energy to such an extent that it shows in the most important part of a final, namely the final 20 minutes.

“Even if you send on substitutes, the rest of the pack will be lead-footed. If you’re in reverse gear in the set scrums, it also has an effect on your loose forwards, for example, who won’t be able to maintain their natural game,” Hills explained.

Bands says any prop forward’s greatest ideal is to know he has the upper hand over his opponent, and the opponent realises it.

That is when doubts set in and the dominated prop’s game in the other facets starts suffering.

Boer says the way in which the tighthead prop and the hooker support each other usually determines who will have the upper hand in the scrum.

“The tighthead prop and his hooker must operate as a unit within a unit, so that any illegal play by the opposing loosehead prop is limited.”



10 Comments

  • Richard Bands and Willie Hills, both former Springboks, and Piet Boer agree that the battle in the front row will be decisive when the Blue Bulls and the Sharks meet in this year’s final in Durban next week.

    Well in that case…………..Don’t bother coming down to Durban, just send us the trophy. That is the ONE spot where I am CERTAIN we are going to castrate the Bulls.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.10.08 22:31:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : If our forwards have this attitude, we are dead. :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.10.08 05:22:20 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
     
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 2) :

    That’s why I’m only a supporter. :razz:

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.10.08 05:23:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Imagine if I was a player, I’d be in “foot in mouth” trouble more often than the Jersey snatcher.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.10.08 05:24:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Morning dude. If you were a player….aaah, so that is why you chose to be a ref, just have to talk all the time… :mrgreen:

    I think all refs either are school teachers, or have the secret desire to be one. At least you’re not too bad….I think…

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.10.08 05:32:05 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
     
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 5) :

    Hehehehhe. School teacher is not a Job for me, I have to little patience for that. I admire someone who can keep calm, at least outwardly, in the face of 20 12year olds not wanting to cooperate.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.10.08 05:34:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : nightmare!

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.10.08 07:03:04 by knersboy Reply
    knersboyVodacom Cup player
     
  • “The tighthead prop and his hooker must operate as a unit within a unit, so that any illegal play by the opposing loosehead prop is limited.”

    well, our tighthead and hooker are brothers, i reckon they can operate as a unit. and then their is “the beast”. got a buddy who is a province fan, says he is only gonna watch the final to watch beast play!

    they should make a new name for the ruck. u have a ruck, then beast comes in and it changes completely, should then be called a “bruck”

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.10.08 07:05:24 by knersboy Reply
    knersboyVodacom Cup player
     
  • I think we missed a point on this article. The opinions of no less than THREE BULL PROPS have to amount to a mountain of NON-sense. :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.10.08 08:06:15 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
     
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 9) :

    Three Bulls props who are under the illusion that their Props are better than our FIVE Boks front-rows. :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.10.08 08:35:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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