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Don’t blame only Marx for Bok lineout woes

08 November 2018 12:01 PM
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Don’t blame only Marx for Bok lineout woes

Cape Town - Malcolm Marx’s forwards coach at the Lions says the hooker should not take all the blame for the Springboks' lineout woes.

Four Springbok linoeuts went astray in last Saturday’s 12-11 loss to England at Twickenham, with Marx criticised for his lineout throwing after the Test.

Lions defence coach Philip Lemmer told Netwerk24 that while he could not watch Marx’s performance at Twickenham, it would be unfair to lay all the blame at the door of the Bok No 2.

“I know from experience that lineouts aren’t just about how the ball is thrown in. Therefore, I always find it unfair when the blame is immediately shifted to the guy throwing in. Timing is important and if the jumper goes up a second too early or too late, then possession can be lost.

“It’s just like the scrums, where you can just blame the tighthead when a pack struggles. What I can say about Malcolm is that he works very hard at his throw-ins and literally spends hours on it during practice,” Lemmer said.

The Boks tackle France in Paris this weekend, with coach Rassie Erasmus to name his team later on Thursday.


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