tight five


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tight five

n
(Rugby) rugby informal the combined front and second rows of a rugby union scrum
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The overwhelming victory, just seven days after suffering a record loss to the Australians, saw the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup for a 17th straight year.It also meant the Wallabies, who arrived confident they could end years of misery at the All Blacks' Eden Park fortress, go home still winless in Auckland in 19 Tests stretching back to 1986.A week after the Wallabies bullied the All Blacks up front and around the fringes, this time it was the New Zealand tight five who had control and the loose trio of Kieran Read, Ardie Savea and Sam Cane commanded the breakdown.
Key players for Odera's charges will be Oscar Sorano, Simon Muniafu, Malcolm Onsando in the tight five with the experience d Andrew Amonde and Elkeans Musonye in the backrow.
Despite a low-key fielding performance the target was kept to a modest 95 - due to a tight five overs from the oldsters and the ability of the youngsters, this time round, to cope with the bigger hitters.
To be able to play two sevens, you've got to have your tight five performing well and we're pretty happy with our tight five but we've made a couple of changes there.
"From a tight five point of view, I thought we put in a pretty good shift.
"They have a strong tight five and a strong set-piece and they are going to really test us.
Coach Steve Hansen said: "I always find it amusing when people tell us they are going to beat us up in the tight five.
"The Test was always going to be won in the tight five. We won that battle, but that doesn't guarantee that will happen next week.
5 TAULUPE FALETAU Unable to provide the poise he has shown all tour without the platform from the tight five.
Lions boss Gatland admitted the tourists simply have to harden up in their tight five to stand any chance of reversing this major setback.
"You don't become the No 1 side in the world without having a quality tight five," said Hansen.
He was also at the heart of a typically solid display from Italy's alwaysexcellent tight five, which won seven of their eight scrum put-ins, and 13 of 15 lineout throws.