Watching the Crusaders v. Waratahs and Brumbies v. Reds games from the weekend it was apparent that the problems with Australian scrums are not going away.
Once Tatafu Polota-Nau went off injured, the Waratahs scrum started going backwards dramatically, then improved until the last quarter of the match when it fell apart again. In both games there were numerous re-set scrums.
While I acknowledge that I’m no expert on scrums, after watching the footage of Ben Alexander against the Reds I wanted to take a closer look at front row techniques. This video focuses on the Brumbies scrum, but all Australian Super Rugby teams have issues with their technique. It’s also got to be hard for Ben Alexander playing half his year at loosehead for the Brumbies and then the other half of the year at tighthead with the Wallabies.
I know there were plenty of other scrums I could have looked at but there’s only so much time in the day.
The points I make in the video seem pretty obvious to me, but let me know how you see it.
[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcZJp95PXgw[/youtube]