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All Blacks seeking to repair scrummaging woes in opposition to Namibia

The All Blacks aren’t seeking to reinvent the wheel for the set-piece that bought “touched up” within the 27-13 loss to France within the opening recreation of Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand had all of the momentum within the first half however couldn’t capitalise on the territorial dominance they loved, whereas France held on managed to get again into the sport by way of the scrum.

The All Blacks have been penalised regularly on Ethan de Groot’s aspect because the strain got here from monster tighthead Uni Atonio. The host nation kicked three penalties to take the half-time lead regardless of having far much less possession and territory.

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All Blacks scrum coach Greg Feek said the side isn’t pushing the panic button as they look to rectify the issues against Namibia.

“We’ve certainly put the microscope on a few things but certainly not reinventing the wheel and pushing the panic buttons,” he said.

“There is still a great energy amongst the group. There’s a willingness to getting us up to there to where we need to be.

“Scrummaging now with the power that we have and the timing, I suppose you could compare it to a goal kicker; if he (a front-rower) is a centimetre or an inch off that could be three or four by the time he engages and that could be the difference at international level and particularly at World Cups when the referees and the game want it to be as much game time as possible.”

The mood in camp remains positive after reflecting on the France loss where there were “a few things” they didn’t get right in the preparation.

Feek was adament that it would only take a couple of adjustments to produce a performance similar to their defeat of South Africa during the Rugby Championship.

“There’s always a confidence when you look around at the talent we have,” he said.

“Just a couple of things need to click and get our game going, like we did at Mount Smart [when they beat South Africa 35-20 in early July] the place we simply hit the ball and we go, play our recreation.

“Going into the French, I at all times look again at preparation, and perhaps there was just a few issues we didn’t fairly nail off. So, actually we are attempting to get that one of the best we will.”

Skilled hooker Dane Coles stated the pack is seeking to repair the scrummaging points that price the aspect in Paris.

“An actual strong end result can be good. However you’ve bought to convey it again. As a ahead, the set-piece stuff is at all times large for us.

“We bought a little bit of a touch-up in opposition to France, so I feel the scrum is essential.

“I feel success is having a strong scrum, if we will enhance that in opposition to Namibia that might be superior.

“As a ahead you are taking pleasure in your set-piece and that’s a factor we’ve bought to enhance on.”



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