Recently we looked at scrummaging and its improvement in 2012 Super Rugby, seeking, as it does, to have the ball in and out 70% of the time without an intervening stoppage.
In 2011 the percentage of scrum success was 45%. After Week 7 that was up to 59,5% this year, still a way to go.
Up to the end of Week 7, the statistics were as follows:
Free kicks: 46
Free kicks%: 6,9%
Blues vs Sharks: 16 scrums - 5 resets, 6 collapses, 1 penalties
Force vs Waratahs: 13 scrums - 8 resets, 16 collapses, 4 penalties, 1 free kick
Brumbies vs Rebels: 14 scrums - 1 resets, 1 collapses, 4 penalties, 3 free kicks
Crusaders vs Stormers: 11 scrums - 4 resets, 3 collapses
Cheetahs vs Chiefs: 15 scrums - 0 resets, 1 collapses, 1 penalties, 1 free kick
Lions vs Bulls: 16 scrums - 2 resets, 3 collapses, 2 penalties, 2 free kicks
Resets: 20 - 23%
Penalties: 12 - 14%
Free kicks: 7 - 8%
That men as that 'successful' (in-out) scrums were down to 54%.
Resets are up, but then the stats are much skewed by one match - Force vs Waratahs. The first scrum in that match, a Force put-in, took 2 minutes 2 seconds. That is monstrous. The Force put the ball into 9 scrums. Only one did not collapse. In all scrums collapsed 12 times on the Force put-in. But the Waratahs were the ones penalised in the match - four times.
The log for penalties at scrums looks like this, with the Bulls the worst offenders:
10 Reds, Highlanders, Rebels
9 Cheetahs, Crusaders
8 Hurricanes, Sharks, Chiefs, Waratahs
6 Stormers, Brumbies
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