Boyd responds to 'Saints don't want to scrum' comment

Saints boss Chris BoydSaints boss Chris Boyd
Saints boss Chris Boyd
Chris Boyd has had his say after it was suggested 'Saints don't want to scrum, do they?' by Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper.

Hooper made the comment during Wednesday night's game at Franklin's Gardens, which Bath won 18-3.

The Bath boss was talking to the BT Sport commentary team.

While the away side were keen to keep the ball in the scrum in a bid to win penalties, Saints' style of play revolves around moving things more quickly to feed their backs.

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And when asked about Hooper's comment, Boyd said: "I don't understand the comment.

"The scrum for us is the start of a game.

"Our philosophy of our game is playing away from the scrum to attack.

"I might say they don't want to pass - but passing might not be part of their game plan, so I don't know what he's talking about."

When asked whether the scrum was an area of concern after the Bath game, Boyd said: "Not really.

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"It was a little bit of an issue on their ball but on our own scrum, when we're in control of the tempo and the duration of the scrum, we had a 100 per cent success rate so we don't have any problem on our scrum.

"The problem we had was that Bath are a big, heavy pack, scrummaging for a long period of time, holding the ball in and forcing penalties from us.

"Earlier in the year (when Saints lost at The Rec), we capitulated, gave up a penalty try and lost the game on the basis of that.

"This time, it was 50 per better but 50 per cent is still not good enough - it needs to be 80 or 90.

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"They didn't create very much but won the game comfortably 18-3.

"We created plenty but didn't finish anything and it's incredibly frustrating."

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