Here’s An Intriguing Analysis Of What Makes The All Blacks Scrum So Successful

IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Final New Zealand v Australia Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, United Kingdom - 31 Oct 2015

The Scrum Doctor has pulled together this video to analyse what has made the All Blacks scrum so successful in recent years…

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Key points of All Black scrum process during RWC 2015

The All Black scrum is very well processed, great body shape and had a system that they have used for a while now. They win a lot of ball due to excellent striking so their back line can play.

  • All black scrum – Own Ball

    Very Consistent with there Process

    Body shape good, Big emphasis on balance

    Locks stay up throughout Set up routine – 2nd rows are high on set up

    Locks stay connected to prop may split from hooker – loose axis on hooker at times

    Locks go with prop if the scrum is under pressure

    Front row lean back into locks

    No 8 starts very close to locks, to balance them

    Use Channel one ball a lot

    Wait for 9 who holds ball, puts other hand on then releases

    Flankers bind high on locks

    When 8 goes left he always pivots

    They fight to get low and down and through

    LH & HKR close TH loose with hooker

    Hooker foot back last

    Have hit and chased slightly/win 6 inches

  • Opposition Ball

    Process is the same as on their own ball

    Keep axis, strong in tight 5

    Early push – on occassion

    Hkr LH attack opp hooker, turn scrum

    LH’s can turn hip out too much to attack

    8 activates 2md shunt. Gets nice and low

    Good sink (low body height and surge)

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