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open side Line breaks: open side

Definition of open side in English:


[in singular] Rugby
The side of the scrum on which the main line of the opponents' backs is ranged.
Example sentences
  • The otherwise imperious French flanker Serge Betsen was glued to the side of the scrum limpet-like while the left winger Bobo had abandoned his post altogether to stand guard on the open side of the scrum.
  • Why, for instance, do they repeatedly attack the blind side three or four times in succession, when they make far more yardage by Charlie Hodgson putting a well-timed pass in front of his centres on the open side?
  • Again Edinburgh stopped the drive but when the ball came back to acting fly half Clerc, the little winger didn't like the look of what he saw on the open side and darted up the narrow blind side that was completely unmanned for the second try.

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