Argentina

Ayerza backs ‘proper’ scrums

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:34
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Argentina prop Marcos Ayerza says the new scrum laws makes for a “proper” contest in the all-important set-piece.

The new engagement sequence has received mixed views from players and coaches alike and although it’s still too early to assess whether its implementation has had the desired effect, it's received the backing of the Puma prop.

Ayerza, ahead of Argentina’s Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks in Hamilton on Saturday, said it’s a positive change that focuses on the traditional technical aspects of scrummaging.   
 
"Everybody is trying to adapt to the new laws and it's tough at the moment to adjust. We think we have a lot of work in that department yet,” he admitted.
 
"There are still some other things what have to be looked at, as the hooking, as the throwing-in in the middle.
 
"But I think it's the right way towards a proper contest and a proper pushing contest, which is what scrums are about."
 
The 41-Test veteran, who feels scrums became a mess under the previous rules, said props face a fresh challenge to get a good hit.
 
"It's an amazing challenge to every prop at the moment," he said.
 
"They are wracking their brains to get the advantage, be the first to adjust and find the way to beat the opponent."

All Black lock Sam Whitelock felt they made a good initial transition in their wins over the Wallabies.

"We got used to it and probably adjusted quicker than the other teams," said Whitelock.

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