Waugh angry at Stormers scrum cheats

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 6 Apr 2009 at 17:55
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The Waratahs believe their in-form Wallabies loose-head prop Benn Robinson is being illegally targeted in the scrum, with opposing breakaways sliding up into the front row to nullify his impact.

The issue flared during the Waratah’s 12-6 win over the Stormers at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday. Schalk Burger was repeatedly warned by referee Bryce Lawrence, then penalised for a dangerous infringement. The tactic allowed the Stormers to have a four-man frontrow and pitted Robinson against two men.

“It effectively turns into a four-man frontrow. It is not a fair contest,” Waratahs captain Phil Waugh said. “The referee let him get away with it the first couple of times, but it was good refereeing to [penalise Burger].”

Waugh said Robinson, who has shone as arguably the prop of this Super 14 season, has been subjected to the tactic “a fair bit”.

“There have been a number of flankers that have been coming up on ‘Fat Cat’,” Waugh said.

Waratahs coach Chris Hickey said: “It’s something we have been experiencing in nearly every game. It was good Bryce got on to it. It is illegal.”

But he does not believe the Bulls will use the ploy on Saturday at the Sydney Football Stadium because “they are a much bigger forward pack. They might not rely on that tactic”.

Waugh said: “They pride themselves [on] forward dominance.”

The sliding tactics could be seen as a back-handed compliment to Robinson but, Waugh said, “he gets very frustrated by it. The loose-head is very exposed. It [sliding up] is not a safe action.”

Also riling the skipper were the uncontested scrums after Stormers tight-head Brian Mujati left the field.

“There was a contest for 65 minutes, then a bloke limps off and there are uncontested scrums for the last 15 minutes when they need to win the game,” Waugh said. “We want the contest in that part of the game. It is one of the strengths of our game.”

Waratahs second-rower Dean Mumm split the webbing in his hand and had four stitches, but he is expected to play on Saturday.

Waugh has confirmed Welsh club Neath-Swansea Ospreys are among the European clubs interested in securing his services.


  • Did Waugh just use the word ‘scrum’ and Stormers in the same sentance?? :shock:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.04.09 18:05:15 by wpw Reply
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  • Dude, you were scrumming against the Stormers for goodness sake. They cant scrum!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.04.09 18:08:00 by wpw Reply
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  • Haha, the irony. Aussies claiming cheating at scrumtime… It’s the facet of their game they most pride themselves on.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.04.09 18:08:38 by MerckZ Reply

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  • one of the aussies commentators confused mujati with beast :???: can u believe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.04.09 18:11:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 3) : maybe this entire article is some left-ver from April’s Fools Day :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.04.09 18:12:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • yeah i mentioned it during the game. the stormers are using uncontested scrums regularly and need to get points docked for play against the spirit of the game. as much as i don’t like the tahs, i agree with him on this.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.04.09 18:14:27 by try time Reply

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  • “Inform loose head prop Benn Robinson” and “arguably the prop of the Super 14″…. haha haha

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.04.09 22:32:33 by Villie Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 6) :

    It’s becoming embarrassing and I’m surprised Rassie gets away with it…

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.09 02:50:04 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Although Rassie denies that the Stormer front row is weak, these two actions (4 man front row and uncontested scrums) just proves that there IS a problem up front. How do they say? “ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS”

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.09 06:26:26 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 7) :

    Bru, your team nearly pulled it off on Sunday didn’t you??? DAMN!! :???:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.09 07:07:18 by wpw Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 9) :

    Rassie thinks ‘Denial’ is a river that runs through Africa. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.04.09 07:09:10 by wpw Reply
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  • The bitter sweet of your own medicine :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.04.09 09:45:02 by Charlie Reply

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  • CRY ME AS RIVER !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.04.09 09:45:37 by Charlie Reply

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  • Stormers have gone to uncontested scrums twice this season.

    Once against the Blues & against the Waratahs.

    Certainly not the first team to do so and probably not the last.

    IRB are looking to remedy this with a new law/regulation where teams will have to have 8 subs on the bench. Including two props & a hooker.

    Only seven will be allowed to be used during the game unless you need a specialist front row in which case the eight sub may be used.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.04.09 11:30:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • I’m glad I’m not the only one who was getting furious with Burger for what he was doing… it was so blatantly cheating…

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.04.09 11:57:17 by robdylan Reply
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