New laws to benefit All Blacks

2012-11-01 09:09

Wellington - The All Blacks believe rugby's new shot-clock style ruck law will work in their favour when they take their up-tempo game to the northern hemisphere this month.

According to website, the four Tests to be played over the next four weekends will be played under the IRB's new trial regulations, including the five-second ruck clearance rule and a shorter scrum engagement sequence.

As Steve Hansen's touring squad of 32 assembled in Auckland today, the feeling was that any laws that helped speed the game up were just fine by them as they look to continue a northern tour winning streak that stretches back to 2002.

The All Blacks open with Scotland next Sunday (Monday morning NZ time) and then meet Italy, Wales and England over the following weekends in the north's annual international rugby jamboree.

"I don't think the five-second rule will alter us too much," said No 8 Kieran Read who's tipped to lead the All Blacks in one of the first two tests. "We want to play a pretty quick game. It's more getting used to the scrum call and making sure we can adjust to how we're going to attack the scrums. Hopefully [the new laws] will be a good thing for the game."

The theory is that the stodgier teams, like England and Italy, may struggle a bit with the raising of the tempo, with just five seconds to gather themselves before the next phase. The faster the pace, the more it should suit the world champions.

But Read reckoned that it would only hasten a process that was already under way in the north towards their teams making more use of the ball they win.

"It's only really going to change maybe the way they use their ruck ball, but those teams up there are starting to change the way they play and trying to be a lot more attacking. The last few years they've showed they can throw the ball around."

New All Blacks halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow is probably as well placed as anyone to judge the impact of the new regulations, given as he played them all season with Waikato in the provincial championship.

"It's just the time at the base of the ruck that you don't have to organise forwards with," said the rookie No 9. "When play slows down it only slows for five seconds then you've got to go again. Probably the biggest thing for me was adapting and organising a bit faster."

Kerr-Barlow said the streamlined scrum engagement was something everyone got used to pretty quickly and he offered a neat prognosis on what the key difference was with the five-second ruck.

"If you're winning at the end of a match and there's one minute to go the old rules probably suit you better. If you're not, the new ones suit.

"The ball is in play a lot longer, and with a minute to go and a team up by a couple of points and in possession the game can still be won by other side. I think it's much more exciting. You've got to play the whole 80 and can't slow it down like you used to be able to."

Openside flanker understudy Sam Cane, who is expected to start against either Scotland or Italy, reckoned the All Blacks would take the law changes in their stride.

"We've generally been playing with a pretty high tempo and I think you'll find it doesn't sit at the base of our ruck for more than five seconds very often," said the 20-year-old from the Bay of Plenty.

"Where it will come into effect is maybe close to the line where you try to slow up a bit and get some go-forward with the forwards. We generally only do that for a couple of phases then whip it wide anyway.

"Maybe it will speed up the opposition's game because they like to slow it down and hopefully that will work in our favour."

The All Blacks had their first training session in warm conditions on Thursday in West Auckland and were to fly out for the UK tonight.

Coach Steve Hansen has pledged to use all 32 of his players through the first two tests, before settling on his top lineup for the last two internationals against the higher ranked sides Wales and England.


  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-01 09:21

    Go get em lads... Go The All Blacks!!!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-11-01 10:13

      sa still have the best world cup record ever 86.2% and we would have won the 87 and 91 events to :)

      luthorj - 2012-11-01 10:24

      Shame. Go All Blacks? Go where? Go poach some more Pacific Islanders for your team? Go cheat some more, a la McCaw? Go choke in another RWC NOT hosted on home soil? You live in Jhb but you've got a stiffy for NZ. Why not just emmigrate there? I see you're single... I'm sure you can bribe some hard-up Maori man to be your partner. Just don't adopt any children... I see there's been an almost 50% increase in New Zealand's child suicide rate...

      cape.maori - 2012-11-01 10:33

      @Luthorj - what a pathetic response to a sound statement. You sound very bitter. Enjoy your day!

      hamish.drake1 - 2012-11-01 10:42

      Ahem...Getting back to the article, what is the penalty for not clearing the ruck in 5 secs; and how long before a prop gets yellow carded for constantly letting his leg lie on the ball, making it unplayable?

      luthorj - 2012-11-01 11:28

      Jimmy NZ meet Cape.Maori Cape Maori, meet Jimmy NZ

      ckrohne1 - 2012-11-01 11:51

      @luthorj: I cant believe you actually have thumbs up for that rubish posting..... @fake.maori: I am still waiting for you to take me up on the challenge. What's the reason for betraying your countrymen and supporting their direct rivals? Enquiring minds wants to know? What do you do when the National Anthem is played during a game between NZ and South Africa? You're singing the NZ anthem?

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-01 11:57

      Wow, bitter much? I'm just impressed that you're using a PC, you don't come across very bright!

      cape.maori - 2012-11-01 12:56

      @Cock - I never have and never will respond to the crap you ask or write.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-11-01 16:48

      @cape.maori : Crap such as? Support your statement with facts......Bring it out in the open so everybody can see what you refering to. If you confident you have ground to stand on you will reply to this request. As far as I'm concerned you the one who post crap on here all the time by betraying your country of birth and it's national rugby team. All because you live in the past where some coloureds supported the all blacks, because they felt left out and rightfully so. Thing is- you cant blame the Springboks for appartheid nor can you blame all afrikaners for appartheid. Besides apartheid is gone and you are still clinging onto the past. Whites have had the better end of the stick, but they just as the coloureds/blacks, had no choice but to live with the system of the day. I dont believe that all afrikaaners supported the appartheid system. Some of them were victims of that sick/twisted system just as the none whites were. Now based on this piece of writing, do you still think that I'm talking/writing crap? If so, please come up with something better. This will make me take you seriously. All you do is ignoring my request. The fake all blacks supporters are the same as Juju which is to devide/stirr and breaking down the effort by Mandela started about 20 years ago. What you and your type is doing is not in the interest of a better South Africa...... A country that needs every possible South African to carry the candle of reconcilliation....You get what I'm saying?

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-01 09:29

    Please stop referring to the AB's as the world champions. Everyone knows RWC2011 was rigged to hand them the trophy.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-01 09:51

      The World Champion's and Rugby Championship Champions and SuperRugby Champions (There is more but my fingers are getting tired) asked me to buy you a box of tissues XXX

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-11-01 10:02

      stirrer.stirrer - You sound suurgat man!

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-01 10:10

      Dis omdat hy SUURGAT is!!!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-11-01 10:13

      sa still have the best world cup record ever 86.2% and we would have won the 87 and 91 events to :)

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-01 10:20

      @dhirshan... 82% what? Could of, should of, would of! I suppose it's actually NZ's fault that SA had apartheid... Imagine if the AB suporters thought like that, we really could have and should have and would have won everything!!!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-11-01 10:33

      86.2% winning percentage mate!

      niel.walt - 2012-11-01 10:38

      86% in world cups, haven't the all blacks won 86% of all the games they've ever played?

  • paul.vieira.7792 - 2012-11-01 09:56

    Don't they always?

  • keegan.adonis - 2012-11-01 10:06

    lol poor ruan haha how is he going to read his news paper at the back of the ruck now???? :P

  • erich.oosthuizen.3 - 2012-11-01 10:32

    HM shuld have a permanent rest,

      jasper.benadie - 2012-11-01 11:06

      I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-01 11:08

      Even duct tape can't fix stupid, but it muffels the sound

  • freddie.s.swart - 2012-11-01 13:18

    It not about winning or world champs. What will happened if they don.t win the nexts WC? It all about our country and the Boks is the only national team. There is NO SA black person who plays for the AB and ever will.

  • marius.prinsloo.71 - 2012-11-01 16:41

    Changed scrum engagement sequence Current Law 20.1 Forming a scrum (g) The referee will call “crouch” then “touch”. The front rows crouch and using their outside arm each prop touches the point of the opposing props outside shoulder. The props then withdraw their arms. The referee will then call “pause”. Following a pause the referee will then call “engage”. The front rows may then engage. The “engage” call is not a command but an indication that the front rows may come together when ready. Amended Law 20.1 Forming a scrum (g) The referee will call “crouch” then “touch”. The front rows crouch and using their outside arm; each prop touches the point of the opposing prop’s outside shoulder. The props then withdraw their arms. The referee will then call “set” when the front rows are ready. The front rows may then engage. The “set” call is not a command but an indication that the front rows may come together when ready.

  • marius.prinsloo.71 - 2012-11-01 16:43

    Five seconds to play the ball from the back of the ruck Add new 16.7(c): When the ball has been clearly won by a team at a ruck and the ball is available to be played the referee will call "Use it!" after which the ball must be played within five seconds. If the ball is not played within the five seconds the referee will award a scrum and the team not in possession of the ball at the ruck is awarded the throw in.

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 16:48

      Laws don't mean anything anyway to the AB's, they bend them all as they see fit. Worst part is they get away with it all the time, or the refs are just that bad.

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