‘Crusaders scrumming at an angle’

JOHN MITCHELL, on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, explains how the Crusaders scrum is milking penalties and what the Bulls should do about it at Loftus on Saturday.

After six rounds of Vodacom Super Rugby, the biggest talking point as far as the scrums are concerned surrounds the legality of the Crusaders’ props – in particular, Wyatt Crockett.

The All Blacks loosehead prop gave Lions tighthead Julian Redelinghuys a torrid time in Christchurch two weeks ago. Redelinghuys popped out of the scrum early on, was issued a warning by the referee midway through the first half, and then yellow-carded 10 minutes into the second half, never to return. His replacement, Ruan Dreyer, struggled just as much.

Last Saturday, it was Cheetahs tighthead Coenie Oosthuizen who was on the receiving end as Crockett and Joe Moody (who came on in the 56th minute) dominated the scrum battle.

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