ALL BLACKS V PUMAS

GAINING POSSESSION:

The Pumas were able to at least break even at lineout by using more than one jumper.  As far as scrums were concerned, the limited number meant that they were of little significance, although there was a hint that the Pumas were able to “milk” scrum ball to be awarded penalties.  In addition, penalties were milked from the post tackle situation as well as rucks and mauls in an effort to be awarded penalties.  The success of Sanchez in converting penalties gave the Pumas an advantage.  This was enhanced by the accuracy of his kicking. A major advantage was the ability of the Pumas to play the ball within the law after the tackle and to counter ruck.  This enabled them to turn the ball over.

GOING FORWARD:

The conversion of kicks to points encouraged the Pumas to kick for field position as well as for touch because their ability to contest the ball didn’t necessarily put them at a disadvantage, so it was kick to space or to touch, chase hard and make the tackle, contest the lineout to regain possession and play field position rugby .

They were at no disadvantage from playing this static form of the game because they were able to operate as a unit whereas the All Blacks tended to play individually and in doing so isolated themselves at the contest for possession. This resulted in turnovers or at the very least slow ball.

The All Blacks game tended to be highly individual and even when an advantage was being gained from a turnover they didn’t exploit the turnover.