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Richard Loe is a former All Black and current columnist for the New Zealand Herald

Richard Loe: Kick these scrum laws into touch

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Ma'a Nonu had a strong match. Photo / Getty Images
Ma'a Nonu had a strong match. Photo / Getty Images

I'm not a fan of the new scrum laws at all. On the evidence of two test matches, plus a few ITM games, they don't improve things. Sure there is less impact as the hit is cushioned but it also leads to folding and dismantling of the scrum after the ball is fed. Hopefully it is another IRB experiment that we look back on with bemusement, rather than a rule that is here to stay.

I know the Australian tight five comes in for a lot of criticism but there were positive signs last night. Ben Alexander and James Slipper both started well and Stephen Moore was his usual consistent self.

They tend to fall down when they go to their replacements and improving the depth of the men in green and gold remains a major work-on for Ewen McKenzie.

This wasn't a great match after the highs of last week. It was as combative as ever but both teams had done their homework - and credit to the Wallabies in particular, as they managed to nullify the All Blacks for extended periods of the match.

They will take some heart from this game though the All Blacks have plenty of improvement in them, which will worry the Pumas and Springboks.

Tom Taylor showed great composure on debut and my old team-mate Warwick will be suitably proud. Another having a fairly quiet game last week Julian Savea was all purpose last night and his battle with Israel Folau was, for me, one of the highlights of the match. Ma'a Nonu probably had his best 80 minutes of the season.

We have still got some issues at lineout time but no more than any other international side.

- Herald on Sunday

Richard Loe

Richard Loe is a former All Black and current columnist for the New Zealand Herald

Richard Wyllie Loe was a renowned All Black forward prop who plied his trade for the New Zealand national team between 1987 and 1995. Loe was well known by fans and team mates alike as an ‘enforcer’ on the pitch, a player who balanced his abilities with the ball with a tough-tackling prowess and a penchant for physicality. During an outstanding career Richard Loe represented his country of birth in no less than three World Cups, assisting the All Blacks to a famous victory in 1987. Along with fellow team mate and captain Sean Fitzpatrick, Loe formed one of the most formidable forward lines ever to lead the All Blacks. Despite his sometimes overly physical dominance on the pitch, Loe is regarded by former team mates as being an exceptional character and professional. Following retirement from rugby Loe became a sport columnist for the New Zealand Herald, a position he still holds today.

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