Hunt quite keen on new law interpretations

The breakdown — where do we start?

Dillon Hunt
Dillon Hunt
Perhaps with Highlanders flanker Dillon Hunt.

There has been a lot of whistle in the opening two rounds of Super Rugby Aotearoa as everyone adjusts to the new interpretations being applied at the troublesome
tackle ball area.

The 25-year-old loosie should be well placed to take advantage of a more attractive brand of rugby which promises to emerge once the mud has settled.

"I’m enjoying it, to be honest," Hunt said.

"It was a bit to get my head around at the start but it is going to open up some things for jacklers, I think, and for No7s particularly."

Jacklers? That is when the tackling player regains his feet quickly and wins the ball.

Hunt makes a lot of tackles — too many to count. Any interpretation which allows him more freedom to snaffle the ball from his opponent is just fine with him.

"I think it is pretty crucial to have a really good understanding of what is going on, so that when it comes to it on the field you are really clear with what you are going to be doing."

The Highlanders have been working with Otago referee James Doleman to help make sure they get it right ahead of their match against the Blues at Eden Park tomorrow.

A key focus for Hunt is to get to the breakdown first and win the right to pilfer the ball.

"Obviously it is new for the referees as well as it is for us, so there is still a bit of a feeling out period going on. But once we get a hold of it ... it is allowing guys to get on the ball and have shot at turning the ball over."


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