One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The side of the scrum on which the main line of the opponents' backs is ranged.
- ‘The key is the tight end on the strong side and the near back or tackle 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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Their first scrum was screwed away from the open side, and it all went downhill.’
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