The new scrum call has not completely eradicated
resets, but there certainly seem to be far fewer. We still see some properly
strange/inept penalties based on binds and collapsing, but I think that will
always be the case given the subjective interpretation of the laws by different
The straight feed from the scrumhalf makes it a fairer contest and
keeps packs higher as hookers now have to actually hook, which allows the
opposition the chance to do the same - hence the previously seldom seen
tighthead making a reappearance.
It is without doubt a safer place for front
rows given the reduced hit and pre bind (my neck injury came from the packs not
engaging at the same time and my head smashing into the opposition thigh), so
all in all, I like the look of the new scrum.
My biggest concern is this “Yes 9” call
from the ref that signals to the scrumhalf that the ball must be put in.
Now it is the ref who is calling the scrum
feed with this “Yes 9” call, and that is why we see the scrumhalf tapping the
hooker’s arm just before the scrum feed, so at least he knows when the ball is
coming in, and can strike for it.
But in making it the ref’s call as to when
the scrum is fed, there are two important ramifications.
Tank is a former Western Province tighthead prop and editor of the recently launched free monthly digital rugby magazine called SCRUM
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