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The Blues have spent time with referee Steve Walsh in an effort to be become more aquatinted with the Experimental Law Variations (ELV’s).


Blind side flanker Jerome Kaino says that the involvement of Walsh has played an important part in their preparations for the 2008 Super 14.


“We had Steve Walsh come in and tell us the new things and the bad habits we had with the old rules,” Kaino told Yahoo!Xtra.


“He said it generally as New Zealand rugby players and how we play, the style we play.


“With the new rules – the skinnier gate around the ruck and being back five metres at scrum-time – we are going to have to behave a little bit more instead of living on the edge.


“He didn’t talk about our team as a whole. He talked more about how New Zealand players play.


“He told us how we could change the bad habits and try to adapt to the new rules.


“It was good to get the referee’s perspective on how they are going to rule things, how we can adapt and what techniques we can use to how the referee is going to rule it.


“We do have a good mixture of class-room study with the rules and our game-plan. And we do apply it on the field.”


In December Sanzar confirmed which of the Stellenbosch experimental law variations would be trialled during the upcoming Super 14.


Kaino also said that he believed the six variations to be trialled would demand a greater level of fitness from players.


“We are trying to focus on the laws that have been brought in and how they are going to impact our team,” he said.


“Generally, I reckon it is going to impact us on how we attack things fitness-wise.


“There are going to be a lot more free taps so the game is going to be flowing a lot more. When we get penalised, we are going to have to rush back 10 metres.


“It is going to be more of a flowing game and we have to pick up our fitness.


“So for the last couple of weeks we have been focusing on our fitness and getting guys used to those situations. A lot of boys would be used to being penalised and just walking back.”


“I think it does suit us and the way we play the game,” he said.


“We like to play open and flowing rugby. We are just trying to get together a game-plan that will suit us. And when we do get our opportunities to get teams on the back foot we will take them.


“By the looks of it, I think it does suit our team and the players that we have got in here. I am sure our team will make the most of those new rules.”

 

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