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Red tape wraps up South Africa's "green mamba"
September 28, 1999

Customs officers in London are doing their bit for Scotland's World Cup chances - they have embargoed the massive scrum machine used by the holders South Africa.
Now the Boks are having to make do with a smaller one till Thursday as they complete their preparations for dealing with Scotland's front five on Sunday.
The machine, on which the likes of 20 stone Os Du Randt normally flex their muscles, is known as "Green Mamba"
after a venomous snake. But it will remain caged until Thursday when it is due for clearance.
South Africa's assistant coach Heyneke Meyer explained: "It is currently held up at customs and we have been forced to use a smaller Rhino machine for
practice."
"We've been working on a new technique and we hope this will improve our scrummaging. Our big boys will have to get down very low against the Scots and
if the conditions are wet then the scrum could go down."
He added: "We didn't scrum well against Wales but we learned a lot from that match and have sorted out the mistakes."

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