But while the law changes may well have de-powered the bajada the new laws have not, actually, accomplished what they ought to have. The scrum remains dangerous and in need of quality refereeing to ensure player welfare. The latest change from crouch-touch-set to crouch-bind-set sees the frontrows bound together on both sides of the scrum by holding rather than touching prior to the engagement. It is precisely this which has a number of people in Argentina looking towards a return to the much feared scrum as it should, according to Ayerza, significantly reduce the chances of a scrum collapsing and make for longer playing careers.
There is both confidence and speculation that there will be a return of the bajada for the 2013 Rugby Chamíonship. The theme was covered in this weeks edition of Total Rugby. In a five minute video current and former Pumas props outlined the changes of the scrum and how it has impacted Argentine rugby at test level. Pumas legend Mauricio Reggiardo suggests the bajada is likely to return with Argentina´s scrum returning to its previous heights. A reduction in the importance of the hit means the scrum will be slower which suits Argentina.