RE: Ruck play in the Curry Cup Final
October 28, 2012, 06:16:01
The New Zealand backline is exceptional. The passing of the backs is something that we are not even close to emulating. The try they scored in Soweto when out 13 never kicked the ball out was exceptional, but all due to the passing ability of the backs.
However in giving credit, the All Blacks forwards at present are not that physical. When it come to an arm wrestle we can beat them. The negative play at rucks is keeping them in the game when they should/are dominated. In the first half in Soweto we should have put many more points on them. I think the video referee is the future. Rucking with boots is dangerous, even by accident. Mccaw would spend half the game on the sideline, and in the future repeat penalty offenders will get red cards hopefully. It is organized criminality. I have come to the conclusion that the reason the All Blacks have had their best period in rugby history over the last few years comes down to 2 reasons.
1. Rucking with boots is illegal. This has allowed the All Black forwards to dominate rucks more than they should, often illegally. When the All Blacks should be dominated in the forwards, they regain parity with negative play at the rucks
2. The influence of Pacific Islanders decendants in their team. Although most are born in New Zealand these are big skillful backs that New Zealand had less of in years gone. All credit to NewZealand to this.