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One of the features of New Zealand’s scintillating display in Round 2 was the ball-handling in midfield from their tight forwards. They shifted it left and right and created room for the faster players outside them. Crocket was often involved in these passages.
He also led the drive from New Zealand’s loose head side of the scrum that battered the Wallaby pack in two successive scrums in the first half. Quite a turnaround from the yellow card that ended his involvement early seven days previous.
Argentina pride themselves on their forward prowess, and channel that mainly into their scrum, using the hooker as the focal point of their drive. Captain Creevy led the way in the No. 2 jersey against the Springboks, taking four scrums against the head in Salta. When was the last time a South African pack got turned over that many times in a Test?
Franks helped wreak havoc on the Wallaby scrum, turning in another strong performance in the loose. He needs to have a word with his brother Ben, who replaced him and promptly got a yellow card.