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Joubert favours the Sharks

2013-04-10 13:57
Craig Joubert (Gallo Images)
Of course The Sharks will receive preferential whistle from their Martizburg comrade come Saturday…

Craig Joubert has always given them the rub of the green when it comes to them playing any other South African franchise. The most notable evidence of this was the pre-match interview of the Currie Cup final in 2010 against Western Province when he harped on about some of the Sharks players that went to the same college as him and what great guys they are etcetera.

I can already see how this day is going to go down, Sharks are going to focus their attention on dominating the set pieces and the whistle will go their way with at least 90% of the collapsed scrums purely because, “Who in this wide world would cause Beast to collapse a scrum?”

Look at the first encounter this season between these two teams, the Stormers scrum was punished relentlessly by the whistle which was followed by high fives to our friend Tendai, clearly the best prop in world rugby. Were they really at so much fault?

IRB Rules

20.3 (c) Binding by loose head props

A loose head prop must bind on the opposing tight head prop by placing the left arm inside the right arm of the tight head and gripping the tight head prop’s jersey on the back or side. The loose head prop must not grip the chest, arm, sleeve or collar of the opposition tight head prop. The loose head prop must not exert any downward pressure. Sanction: Penalty kick

20.3 (d) Binding by tight head props

A tight head prop must bind on the opposing loose head prop by placing the right arm outside the left upper arm of the opposing loose head prop. The tight head prop must grip the loose head prop’s jersey with the right hand only on the back or side. The tight head prop must not grip the chest, arm, sleeve or collar of the opposition loose head prop. The tight head prop must not exert any downward pressure. Sanction: Penalty kick

20.8 (g) Twisting, dipping or collapsing.
Front row players must not twist or lower their bodies, or pull opponents, or do anything that is likely to collapse the scrum either when the ball is being thrown in or afterwards. Sanction: Penalty Kick

The above suggests that there is no clear indication as to one prop binding shoulders & hips horizontally and then scrumming straight towards the opposing players knees, leaving him face first in the grass with the opposing prop doubled over on top of him still bound perfectly, however, this is what Beast does and always gets away with it. This Saturday should be no exception, especially not with Craig Joubert in the Sharks starting 16…

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