Joy Neville - International Player to WC Final Ref P1
August 25, 2017
What to look for at scrum time.
December 16, 2016
1. Boring or Angling in at the scrum
Props are required to drive straight, however they can look for advantages by driving in on the angle or 'boring in' which is illegal.
Why are they doing this? Tight-heads can look to disrupt and put pressure on the opposition hooker
What to look for? Tight-head changing the angle of his feet and pointing his shoulders inwards which push his hips out.
2. Binding at the Scrum
Props must bind on the shirt of their opponent with a 'long' bind meaning more a bind with a straight arm. A 'short' bind with a bent arm is illegal as this puts their bind up onto the shoulder area.
Why are they doing this? It gives more leverage to manipulate the opposition props body position to their advantage and therefore drive forward more easily.
What should you look for? Firstly during setup, look for short binds. Secondly during the scrum, watch for the prop dropping their elbow to point towards the floor.
In addition, feet position is very important. If they are too far back the shoulders and body sink, which collapses the scrum.
3. Wheeling the scrum
Why are they doing this? This helps to reduce the power and therefore advantage of the opposition front row and also to position the No.8 closer to the gain line whilst moving away from opposition flanker.
What to look for? As per section 1, boring in from the prop but also the body positions and feet of the back row.
4. Early push at the scrum
An early push helps gain an advantage over another pack with 'momentum' and body positions benefiting the scrum moving forward.
Why are they doing this? To nullify a dominant scrum or to help alleviate pressure if close to their try line.
What to look for? Pre engage by one scrum, forward drive from the legs seeing them step forward and the centre of the tunnel moving towards the opposition try line.