Springboks

SA props all bulk, no brains?

2013-08-08 11:37
Bok front row (Gallo Images)
Wellington - Speaking to the Dominion Post, top New Zealand scrum coach Mike Cron believes South African props will struggle to adapt to the new IRB scrum laws.

Under new IRB laws designed to reduce scrum collapses, the "crouch, touch, set" process has been replaced by a "crouch, bind, set" sequence, meaning the hit has been taken out of the scrum engagement, as front rows will have to bind before the scrum is set.

The Hurricanes coach said New Zealand teams were the most likely to benefit from the new laws and South African teams would struggle the most to adapt.

"In my opinion, for the lesser scrums there's no hiding now - no tactics, no hit-and-run. You've got to man up and fight to the death now,"

Cron suggested that there was a tendency for South African props to rely on bulk and to hide behind the hit in the scrum engagement, and that they were lacking in technique.

"Pretty much any South African tighthead (prop) is going to have to sharpen up a bit," said Cron.

Heyneke Meyer, on the other hand, said earlier this year that he believed the new laws would suit South African props.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

-

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
76 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
06 September 2014
New Zealand v Argentina, Napier 09:35
Australia v South Africa, Perth 12:05
13 September 2014
New Zealand v South Africa, Wellington 09:35
Australia v Argentina, old Coast Queensland 12:05
27 September 2014
Argentina v New Zealand, La Plata 00:10
South Africa v Australia, Cape Town 17:05
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After the first weekend's Rugby Championship action, which team do you see as the strongest title contender?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.