> > 1. As well as enforcing a straight feed, create a law which says that a
> > front row player must hook the ball backwards. This will mean that the
> > side with the put in has to keep the scrum up, and if it goes down it's
> > fairly obvious it was the defending side doing it.
> > 2. Remove the hit - put the front rows together, check the bindings,
> > then add in everyone else.
> There isn't really a hit now. What there is instead is pushing before the
> ball goes in. The issue is that too often the scrums aren't remotely
> straight when the ball goes in, and the ball rarely goes in straight. But
> while it would be easy, pace Brian Moore, to enforce the "straight" feed,
> in practice this would push the problem onto whether the scrum itself was
> straight at put in, with a heavy incentive for the defending team to make
> sure this isn't the case.
In which case, ping them. The attacking team wants the scrum straight until
after the put in.
> I don't see why it's obvious if the scrum goes down that the defending
> side does it. Or rather, if we were to see a slew of penalties against the
> defensive scrum for scrum collapse, there is no incentive for the
> attacking props to keep the scrum up.
Currently front rows are so low because they don't have to hook, all they
have to do is drive over the crooked feed. The attacking team has to hook,
so therefore would need to be high enough to do this. If they are not, it's
likely to be the defending team trying to pull them down. The only other
case would be if the attacking team is trying to con the ref, which he
should be able to tell from the position of the ***.
LOW you call the current scrums today low. In the good old days we used to
sink the scrum to make it hard for the opposition *** to strike and then
put on an 8 man shove and drive over the ball. Then again as a tight head
prop I'd try to drop the other props shoulder so any drive by his side would
put him in the dirt at the same time our loose head would be trying to pop
the other prop.
Different era because if I didn't come off with a few railway tracks on my
back I didn't think I'd been playing hard enough. Of course we also cooled
down with beer not powerade and exercises