Mark Ella (57)
Re scrummaging, it's important to remember that the Wallabies scrum on its own ball has been quite good for the last couple of years. It's really on opposition feeds that we are struggling. As mentioned earlier, last year we really struggled to adapt to the northern hemisphere style of scrummaging where teams put the ball in the scrum and just push until they win a penalty. It requires us to scrum past the initial push and hold steady long enough to essentially force the attacking side to use it. That type of scrummaging is something you very rarely see in Southern Hemisphere scrummaging, even at TRC level. The only time you see it is on a 5 metre scrum and even then, the SH referees will only allow the scrum to stay stagnant for a few seconds before they require the attacking side to use it.
The Wallabies have generally looked unprepared for that type of scrummaging. They need to spend a lot of time working on scrummaging for long periods (10 seconds +) as a unit and not lose their shape.
I've noticed that Skelton has been much better this season in using his size and strength to offer a lot of power to the tahs scrum. However at the same time, the tahs scrum still hasn't looked the most solid unit at times and I'm concerned that Skelton may still struggle to hold his shape and body position when the wallabies are force to scrum for much longer periods. Only time will tell.
How come SA and NZ seems to be fine with the Scrum. There is always talk about Southern Hemisphere teams being weak at the scrum when in reality it's really only us who are weak. SA, NZ and Argentina have been consistently good at the scrum for years.