Scrum analysis of 3 important scrums in the Wasps V Connacht game.
There was great craic at the Connacht V Wasps 4th round of the European Champions Cup game at the Galway Sportsground last Sat 17th December
Enjoyable meet up with Wasps fans I had not seen in years.
The following is a scrum analysis of 3 very important scrums from the game. The 1st two are 5 meter scrums. It is critical to get 5 M scrums correct as try’s can be scored or conceded directly from them. I give Wasps the edge scrum wise over the entire game but credit is due to Connacht to sticking to their scrum strategy even while being under pressure and it stood to them in the end.
Wasps 5M attacking scrum. Wasps were dominant on this 5 meter scrum. They over powered Connacht through the tighthead side but Connacht held in the end. Connacht showed good fight here as Wasps were going for the pushover try.
This 5 meter scrum immediately followed the above scrum. This time Connacht held solid on their own ball 5 m out. A turnover from a 5 M scrum on your own line would give the opposition a great attacking advantage.
This final scrum (above) was critical in the Connacht win as it is the last scrum of the game. The clock is running out. Connacht are behind on the score board and it is their last attacking opportunity to get a win or a draw. They needed a try. A steady midfield scrum such as this one opens many attacking options for your team. If Wasps managed to put Connacht under pressure in this scrum it would have lessened these options or even created a turnover. Connacht do exceptionally well here as Wasps really go for it with a concerted scrum effort but Connacht “lock it out”, ie, hold steady and create a good attacking scrum platform.
It demonstrtaed the phycological strenght Connacht posess at the moment as they had been put under pressure in their last scrum which resulted in a scrum turnover to Wasps which led directly to a Wasps try. But Connacht mentally did not panic, they stuck to their scrum process and executed a solid scrum.