How to build the best scrum in the world?
Eddie Jones had his own ideas before the start of the Seven Nations in 2018. He invited Georgia geographer well ahead of a training session with England at the Latymer Upper School in West London, all the expenses paid.
"We want to have the best blow in the world and they are the strongest, most ugly and simple bundle of strokes in the world," he said.
During the first two years of possession of Jones as coach of England, England was scandalous, aggressive and challenging in the set-piece. They did not go back to anyone and more often than not, they convinced the arbiters to share their opinion about who dominated the scrums.
On the Australian tour of 2016, Dan Cole was announced, Scott Sio was demonized, England won. This was cause and direct effect at the beginning of the era of Eddie Jones.
He also easily agreed on the traditional stereotype of English rugby, populated by brutal gargoyles and mushrooms and stars.
As the New Zealand sports columnist Michael Laws met in 2003: "They are vikings hardened by fighting … monoliths without hairs and monulitos of cauliflower that intimidated and restless. When they ran to the field it was like seeing a tribe of white orcos in steroids."
England won the World Cup for the first time and only in its history a couple of months later.
In contrast, the writing of Australia during the Eddie Jones era (2001-2005) was a history of constant deterioration and lack of intellectual investment in one of the fundamental platforms of the game.
At the end of the 2003 World Cup, the three Australian training sessions were Al Baxter, Bill Young and Matt Dunning. Despite their obvious limitations, both Dunning and Baxter were still there (along with Jones) when Andrew Andrew Sheridan did not maneuver the Wallaby Scrabble in Twickenham in November 2005. Baxter was yellowing because he repeatedly collapsed under pressure and when Dunning moved to To replace him he had to be banished after a blow against the strong fort of England.
The writing was on the wall of Eddie Jones. He called a completely unknown, "clubbie" Dave Fitter, for the last meeting of the 2005 tour against Wales, and I still can hear the sound of the phone after the Wallaby team announced.
The excited voice on the other side was the head of analytical services for the Wales team, Alun Carter.
"Who is the devil David Fitter?" Said Alun. I had to confess my ignorance.
A footage was found, a plan was implemented in a hurry, and in the game itself, it came to fruition. Australia overthrew a succession of scrums in the shadow of their own publications and granted a penalty test that allowed us to claim our first victory over Wallabies since 1987. David Fitter has disappeared from the international stage as fast as he had come.
After the tour ended, Eddie Jones resigned as an Australian coach, to be replaced by a distance coach at John & # 39; Knuckles & # 39; Connolly.
But the damage was done and it still cost the Wallabies the end of the 2007 World Cup, in a quarter final against England and their bête noir, Sheridan. That type of damage at the base of your rugby culture may take years to repair.
The head of the banner announced by Eddie Jones at the beginning of the 2018 campaign in England was trampled below as the old newspaper and the fair passed. The veteran goalkeeper of 82 cylinders. Dan Cole was "rested" for the summer tour of South Africa and was excluded from the team for New Year's party parties.
With Kyle Sinckler, of Harlequins, beginning instead of Cole, the English English conceded their first draw trying to live in memory in the second test of Bloemfontein:
Sinckler appears, retirement from England, and is a penalty attempt at the crossroads of the series.
Consequently, England was going back when Lions's fight, Mako Vunipola, recovered an injury just before the fall series and Joe Marler made the important decision to retire from international rugby but continues to play for his club. The four workouts selected against South Africa on Saturday had just 26 caps between them.
Opponents of England next Saturday, New Zealand, meanwhile, were constantly moving in the opposite direction. When Graham Henry was named coach after the 2003 World Cup, he said the following:
"We have to go back to the scrum to be a contest and not a mechanism to reinitiate the game. There is a great advance in the rugby of the European club and we do not have the same in Super 12. I think it's wrong and we need to change that.
"We have to put a lot of time in our ability to be stable and precise in fixed pieces to establish a platform for talent."
That is the true dog work that New Zealand has undertaken in the following years, repairing the damage caused to the foundations of its game with the help of influential visionaries such as Mike Cron, who has spread his gospel of biomechanical virtues far beyond the borders of All Blacks and in the bases.
In the 2003 World Cup, the All Blacks pushed 1,200 pounds into the scrum machine. Before the 2005 tests against the British and Irish lions, they were changing more than 2000, and Carl Hayman was taking care of Andrew Sheridan – both in the Maori round and on the weekend after the demolition of Baxter / Dunning later that year.
Maybe it's pure coincidence that the two trainers who presided over the deterioration of the scrummage in their own countries are the main coaches for England. Whatever the truth of the matter, now are the All Blacks that will arrive at Twickenham next Saturday to take off from England from the paddock – not the other way around.
They will be very excited about the Springboks' performance in that area last Saturday. The battlefield settled down in the first blow in the tenth minute:
The angles and the ability to manipulate them are all in a modern scrum, and there is a lot in this aerial shot. The support is noticeably tautero, closer, on the tight side of which is loose, where the angle of both numbers 1s gives rise to a pronounced difference between the blockage and the flanker.
It is clear from this first moment that most of the South African effort will be directed. They chose the man who cemented the Scrum of England with his experience: Bokke's number 3, Frans Malherbe and number 2, Malcolm Marx, are pointing to the prostitute and co-captain Dylan Hartley in an excess of vice.
South Africa got its first reward from this tactic near the half-hour mark, with the pressure of Marx and Malherbe forcing Hartley to leave the top of the scrum to England:
That's how the same Scrum looked at "Spider-cam" overload:
With Hartley, there are few of the little English training they can do to prevent their opponents from scrolling forward and around the corner to win.
Only a couple of minutes later, England suffered the indignity of pushing his own ball:
The pressure on Hartley is so serious that he is forced to release his connection to Sinckler as the right side of the failures of England and disappears.
Both this Scrum and the initial screen capture show the size of the UK in England Alec Hepburn is giving away his number of "widebody & # 39; the opposite number of Malherbe. None of the loops of Exeter Chiefs (Hepburn and Ben Moon) leaned the scales to more than 110 kilos, and both fought to contain most of the power of men who measured 15-20 kilos more.
It is also a mystery why the most ordered technician of both (Moon) entered the game from the bank, instead of putting it into operation in Sandy Park.
It was a surprise that South Africa did not try to promote one or both sides of the Scrum on its own. On the only occasion they did, they won an easy penalty that would have won the game if Handre Pollard had won the tee:
The scrum won as a battle of inches: barely Thomas du Toit and Wilco Louw won the first half dozen, England's English line is out of competition, and suddenly eight men push against five:
At other times, the Scrum of England managed to hold the skin of her teeth, with the ball delivered quickly through a channel:
The flankers were separated from the main effort and Kyle Sinckler was driven sideways at 90 degrees by pressure, but the ball is leaving between number 8 and the close flanker, and that saves the day.
Not all bad news. England won scrum (legitimate) scoring that led to its decisive goal against South Africa in minute 71.
That was, however, the exception to the rule. England's underground training often struggled to contain its opposite numbers and the pressure came to raid England's captain, Dylan Hartley, in the middle of his first row.
Yes, the first options and solid answers like Mako Vunipola and Matt Mullan are not available due to injuries. But Dan Cole's fouls, and maybe even Joe Marler, are harder for England fans to explain.
Cole is probably the only qualified English player to qualify for the first half dozen watertight guns in the Premiership. Vincent Koch and Juan Figallo in Saracens, Tomas Francis in Exeter, Ben Franks in Northampton, John Afoa in Bristol and now Ruan Dreyer in Gloucester could reasonably expect to start the game ahead of both incumbents in England.
In the current circumstances, the idea that "we want to build the best scrum in the world" is a fake news. England is simply not building more dominators in the world. The distinct brilliance of déjà vu and the association of Eddie Jones with a decline in the decline of scrummaging patterns in Australia is difficult to ignore.
After 2003, New Zealand made an honest reassessment of its attitude to scrummaging and the foundations of the set-piece, and still benefited from it.
Now they went on stage where they expect to attack in an aspect of the game where they traditionally had to defend themselves in the "rugby house", both with their starters and out of the bank. The question is not whether they will have an advantage in time of scrum next Saturday, but how big will it be.
Andrew Sheridan may have retired four years ago, but the humming ghost of the English titan still has a Randwick man. England will not be forgiven neither by its supporters nor by the means by any portion of humiliation suffered in the hands of All Blacks in its patch of house.
While the set-piece goes, Eddie Jones's fortune can also be the coach of England.