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Newlands history spurs All Blacks

allblacks.com     05 Oct 2017    

That was even more the case after the humiliation the All Blacks inflicted on South Africa in their Investec Rugby Championship Test in Albany three weeks ago.

Taylor is one of several players who hadn't been to Cape Town before due to the vagaries of the Super Rugby playing schedule and while he was aware the All Blacks always had good support in the Western Province he also understood the Springbok mentality would be seeking to reverse the 57-0 loss in New Zealand.



Part of that will involve attempting to deny the All Blacks their power base in the scrum, an area where they had made a significant impact at Albany.

"We didn't try to do anything different in terms of what we want to do," Taylor said.

"I think we just prepared accordingly, I think that is a strength of theirs and it always has been for South African rugby and we knew it was an area they would probably try to assert dominance on us so we had to make sure we got our technique stuff right throughout the week preparing for that Test.

"If I recall we didn't nail the first scrum but we seemed to get the rest right after that and I would say they would be looking to use that as a weapon of theirs again to get some good ball to strike off and create some opportunities," he said.

Some referees were clearer and more direct than others about the way they were going to referee scrums.

"Last week we had Jaco [Peyper] and he's very clear that if you get dominance then he'll reward that, but it has to be legal so angles can't be incurred and stuff like that. But he's really clear with that from that start. I think Nigel [Owens] is quite similar.

"Some referees portray it differently and they call it differently as well which is something you have to react to. All in all I think they want to keep the game positive and that's showing in the ways they're reffing the scrums."

This weekend's referee Jerome Garces was used to the European game and all its scrummaging.

"I think it's the team that dominates up front and shows really clear pictures is going to get awarded penalties or the advantage," he said.

Taylor talked of the attitude of the players coming into the game later.

"As a bench we've all got a role we have to play. We pride ourselves on coming off the bench and making a difference and that's probably something we've got right over the last few games but you've got to do it every time and coming off the bench this week is going to be a big factor in the game, I think," he said.