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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scrum Masterclass with Rugby Tonight and Exeter Chiefs prop Craig Mitchell

The scrum has been under focus this year as the changes in engagement have meant a different approach, with both advantages and benefits for certain teams. The hookers now have to hook, which is a new concept for some of them.

Lawrence Dallaglio and Martin Bayfield investigate on BT Sport's Rugby Tonight show with the help of former Wales and current Exeter Chiefs prop, Craig Mitchell, and hooker Luke-Cowan Dickie.

Through the help of the in studio guests and some video clips, this demonstration should give you a better idea of how things are working inside the coalface under the new scrum interpretations.

Why is it going right for some and wrong for others? This should explain some of it.

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TotesMcGoates October 25, 2013 1:03 am

What goes on in the front row is absolutely none of my business; nice to get a scope of it from afar. Good stuff, RD! Keep 'em coming.

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DD October 25, 2013 10:38 am

I like the new laws but it's a pity that all the scrums shown end in penalties though. I wish teams used scrums that were going forward as a good attacking opportunity rather than a means to win a penalty.

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hwprop October 25, 2013 12:26 pm

Agree with DD here, I hate how teams play for penalties from scrums, as a prop sometimes a scrum is not moving but after sustained pressure and getting twisted there is no where to go apart from up or down to prevent injury (have injured ribs from this sort of pressure). I think if a team has won the ball in a scrum but the scrum is even then they should have to play, fair enough if they're going forward but its something that needs to be looked at.
However good piece and I like the new rules, was never good at the hit but better after. No hit means I have time to sort my feet and positioning.

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weeneeps November 03, 2013 3:40 pm

I agree. All the problems with scrums stem from the fact there is no way to lose them without being penalised. You must achieve at least parity. If there is 100% chance you'll be penalised if you lose the contest but only a 50ish% chance if you cheat, you're better off cheating amd hoping the ref blames the other team. There needs to be a way you can deal with your scrum being beaten and not be penalised. The only thing i can think of which would allow this would be to legalise wheeling the scrum.

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