Boric impressed with Woodcock


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Youthful Blues lock Anthony Boric got a close-up look at how a rugby legend defends his reputation, and it made a big impression on him.

Packing down behind one of the more powerful front rows in the Super 14, of All Blacks Tony Woodcock, hooker Keven Mealamu and John Afoa, he absorbed plenty, but nothing more remarkable than Woodcock after his scrummaging was described by Australian Andrew Blades as a ‘myth’.

Boric knows Woodcock’s play well, after they have played together for North Harbour especially. He also knows that Woodcock is demanding about the power he receives from those pushing in scrums behind him.

“You can’t slack off, he [Woodcock] is always chirping in my ear. There’s a lot of talking going on and if you slack off in one given scrum he will let you know.” he told SkySports.

But when Blades’ comments were reported in the Auckland media, there was no visible reaction from Woodcock, one of the quieter, and lower profile, members of whichever squad he is in.

“We put that article up on the wall of the training room shed and would walk past it as we went out. He [Woodcock] didn’t really say anything about it but you could definitely sense a bit of agression.” Boric said.

“And then, definitely, when we played that game against the Brumbies and he demolished his opponent, you knew that that guy [Blades] shouldn’t have said what he said.”

Boric felt it was impressive the way Woodcock handled it.

“He didn’t get caught up in it and didn’t make a big deal out of it and he let his actions speak for themselves really.”

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