Tialata throws weight behind new scrum laws

All Black and Hurricanes prop Neemia Tialata believes the new scrummaging calls – ‘Crouch, touch, pause, engage’ – will benefit the game.

“It seems to have controlled it a bit better. There were hardly any collapsed scrums at the weekend, which is a positive,” he told the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) after training on Tuesday.

“It’s just like learning a new skill. You have to keep doing it to get used to it,” said Tialata, who at 24 has already been capped 12 times for New Zealand. A great beginning to his career as props usually come into their prime a bit later than other players.

“The pause is a bit longer and a bit frustrating. But for a loosehead it is quite good because you can actually close the gap, if they want us to actually touch. It is an advantage for a loosehead.

“The extra pause lasts a couple of seconds and seems to help stabilise both packs before they go in. That means one pack can’t get an advantage over the other by going straight in.”

“It all comes down to technique and speed to the hit.”

The new calls were introduced so as to allow the team with the actual better scrummaging ability to enjoy their advantage, rather than have it reduced by sneaky tactics at the engagement.

Meanwhile, Tialata says his team is looking ahead after going down to the Reds on Saturday.

“The boys are a bit battered and gutted about the result, but we can’t look back on it – it is over and done with.

“We still have a lot of things that we have to work on. We can only look forward and move on.”

The Hurricanes struggled without their star loose forwards the reconditioning All Blacks Rodney So’oialo, Jerry Collins and Chris Masoe.

“We are not the only side suffering from the loss of top players,” Tialata said.

“It’s a case of the new fellas stepping up and getting stuck in.”

365 Digital

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