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Bring back the real scrum

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Mar 2013 at 12:03
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Scrumming in rugby continues to be one of the most penalised areas in the game, just behind the awful breakdown rules. But do we really need scrums?

The engagement rules and calls have changed so many times in the last few years, and I will not be surprised if they change again. The one thing that seems to fly under the radar is the simple inserting of the ball.

When last did you see a referee penalise a scrumhalf for not putting the ball straight into a scrum, yet every scrum I saw this weekend had a scrumhalf practically put the ball underneath the hooker’s feet.

If this law is applied by referees, will that not have a beneficial effect on the scrum?

Currently, the referees are so concerned with the engagement at scrum time and the height of the prop’s shoulders that he doesn’t even see the ball go into the scrum? The front row is so involved in getting the three phrase engagement call right that they don’t even bother to try and hook the ball from the other team.

At the end of the day, if a scrum is successful in staying up, the team that put the ball in with always have the ball. Is this a contestable set piece? We still see opposition jumpers in a lineout, but the scrum is a one dimensional break in play that, in my opinion, should be scrapped.

When a scrum is to be awarded, we might as well give the team in question a free kick. It will be in line with the IRB’s ‘speeding up the game’ policy and we will not have to sit through countless minutes wasted while the scrums collapse.

Either make the scrum a contestable set piece, or just leave it altogether.


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