The obvious flaw in the new scrum laws for The Rugby Championship
The new scrum laws that are to be used in The Rugby Championship (the SHITtest name for an international tournament ever, even The Intercontinental Spangle Chalice Of Triumph would've been better than that), have been outlined in superb detail by our friends over at the always excellent Green & Gold Rugby. And it seems to me there is an inherent flaw.
The details are all in the GAGR link, but the only law chang really is a change to the pre-engagement process to 'crouch-bind-SET' as demonstrated by the below video.
The rest of the "new" laws are essentially instructing refs to enforce old ones by telling the scrum not to push before the ball is in and the scrum-half to put the bloody ball in straight. Why these two things required a full trial before they could be enforced is beyond me, but that's a whole other rant.
Now, these things are all good news, but there is a flaw.
As you can see from the video, even with binding before the 'set' there is still a hit, and one of the teams in the video is still doing the "Hit, one, two, three", so therefore still hitting and still pushing before the ball. The ref in the video seems unconcerned with this.
This hitting and push drill does not cause an issue here as this is a demo, featuring two packs at exhibition intensity, and the editors no doubt chose the best examples. I fear that there still being this hit and push will still cause collapses before the ball comes in, and that is what we are hoping to eradicate.
These changes will make a positive difference, no doubt, but they could've gone a step further by getting to them to bind properly, without pushing, before the ball comes in. But that just my view, let's have your thoughts.Tweet
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