@pakman said in Wallabies v Pumas:
Did you watch AB-SA? Thought Dreyer 'competed' very effectively until Nige cottoned on!
I'll answer that one here:
04:00 First Scrum - Marx's bind on Dreyer involves getting right down to the seam on his jersey - probably because those ridiculous shiny shirts are fucking hard to bind onto. You can see him bunching it up, in order to get maximum grip. Looks like Hames simply missed his bind.
But check Dreyer's back as he goes to set: its a little bent, meaning on the hit he's probably going down a little, then straightening. That is what causes Hames to miss IMHO - a lack of jersey to bind onto doesn't help, but he can adjust to go up over the shoulder if he holds his back straight and then drives up a bit.
Let me also say that if the fucking useless OB director for Sky stopped cutting away to shots of backs doing nothing, that scrum could have had a more thorough analysis.
08:50 Second Scrum no bunching of the shirt this time by Marx. Maybe he forgot. Maybe the shirt isn't so hard to grip. Hames binds on Dreyer's shorts, which is illegal.
Boks drive through using Etzebeth and the flanker to destroy Hames. Whitelock loses his bind. ABs weren't ready for that. They sheared left a little, but nothing illegal when the opposing loosehead side is turning and not retreating.
Shit actually watching the replay on the feed, I think the AB THP got walloped as well - suddenly Retallick's arse is in the air. Coles isn't happy, but after getting buttfucked, you never are.
16:22 Third Scrum - jersey is bunched by Marx. Hames binds the shorts again. Boks try the push, but Retallick and Whitelock are ready this time and the scrum goes up a bit before being called to use. Fact: the Bok 6 is on Dreyer's side (being openside), whereas previous was the big blond unit wearing 7.
Another interesting point: the Boks knock it on in the subsequent play, so its AB advantage and then Owens calls a penalty against the Boks. Not many refs bother going past the knock on as the first offence and would take it back for scrum. Quick tap, kick, try to Ioane.
And fucking hell Jantjies is a liability for that team.
25:38 Fourth Scrum - bunched jersey. Hames takes the shorts, and they try to drive but it folds in and collapses as the ball comes out.
Hames is having an unhappy game, generally.
28:00 Fifth Scrum - bunched jersey. Hames goes shorts. Smith feeds the second row and the ABs get a bit of motion on. Boks creak a bit to the left. Ball out.
Replay of Squires' head knock - fucking hell that's almost a red card by Mostert. It looked bad at full speed but nothing was done at the time. Hometown director
Jeez Hames gives away a stupid penalty holding a Bok player around the neck.
And Marx has some serious technique issues with his throwing.
31:50 Sixth Scrum - jersey is riding up a little, but plenty to grab. Problem seems to be Hames wants as long a bind as possible, instead of going for any available jersey space. Hoping to use his more compact arms to exert pressure Can't help but think he'd be better off trying to get up on the back and using it for leverage.
Anyway, Dreyer's feet are all over the shop, with his left (inside) boot waaaaay back pre-engage, and he overextends. Owens penalises him for angling down. And fair enough - got one of the strongest locks in the world behind you - don't need to stretch.
Another note: at 39:03 Cane wins a penalty for a turnover despite clearly landing on his elbows past the ball. Jeez Nige... he's got one hand on the fucking ground.
Anyway, that's how I saw the scrums in the first half. It was pretty even overall, with the Boks probably taking a points victory for that massive shove.