Joost van der Westhuizen believes George Gregan is “scared” of contact and no longer robust enough in elite rugby.
Van der Westhuizen said the Brumbies scrumhalf was taking it easy in the Vodacom Super 14 in order to keep himself fresh for the Wallaby Test season.
“The game has changed in the sense that I don’t think the Brumbies pack actually is looking after George at this stage, so then it tends to look, for me, like George is scared of taking contact,” van der Westhuizen told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Every time he gets the ball and someone tackles him he offloads quickly, he doesn’t attack the line as he used to and he’s basically just a link doing cross defence, so that might be a problem.”
“I think he’s looking after himself and may be trying to prevent injuries. The big problem is if you get bad ball, then [as halfback] you have to make it good ball, which is what at this stage he tends not to be doing.
“He might be clever not to take contact, but is that what the side needs? You need a scrumhalf that can take the side forward and can also take breaks on his own. When was the last time you saw George take a break? I don’t think it’s the right signal that he’s sending out.”