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25 August 2011

Why the yellow/red card?

South Africa got through this weekend relatively intact. Others were not so lucky. In the heat of battle, with the adrenalin pulsing, rugby can become intense, brutal and primal.

Here are some of the most common rugby offenses, why they're so sinister, and why we need the referee to keep things under control.

Scrum

Scrums usually collapse if the prop or hooker lowers his shoulder or tries to pull other players down. If the scrum collapses, any of the front row players can sustain serious neck injuries. Scrum collapses can be prevented by letting players engage in the scrum at the same time.

 
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