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    Question Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    Article from the Guardian
    It’s technically legal but fighting for possession is all but dead. A revival would make the game more random and exciting


    So would contested scrums be a good thing for RL?
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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    Why not introduce competition for the ball after the tackle as well
    Perhaps have a competition for the all after a throw in, maybe introduce a couple of extra forwards.
    I think if you did that, you might have a game. :-)

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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais View Post
    Article from the Guardian
    It’s technically legal but fighting for possession is all but dead. A revival would make the game more random and exciting


    So would contested scrums be a good thing for RL?
    Firstly, pushing in the scrums IS still legal, and occasionally, it does happen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...ZmYdQWqY#t=208

    Secondly, it could be dangerous if it were to become the done thing all of a sudden because RL props have been "bred" away from the requirements for front row play. Put it this way. Would you be happy to take a couple of randomly chosen RL props/hookers and drop them straight into the front row of an RU scrum at a similar age and playing level?
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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    Many of the changes which RL has made in the past few years have been about speeding it up, so it would be a backwards step to go back to contested scrums which are often required to be repacked.

    I love scrums in union but it's not something I would like to see in league again.

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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    Surely we should work on getting contested scrums back in RU first.
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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    I do wonder at the mindset of someone who watches the current state of union scrums and then goes "you know what? we really need this in our game!" It smells of someone who agreed to write the column and then the deadline sneaked up on him and he was scratching around for something to fill the space. Which is a shame, because they have had some interesting ideas in there.

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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardowensleydale View Post
    Surely we should work on getting contested scrums back in RU first.
    Excellent comment.

    I'll leave the League boys to decide what they want in their game. I wish people would stop comparing the two games. The two games are, at best, distant relatives NOT clones. Let's leave it that way.

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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    I've seen a few scrums won against the head and feed in league over recent seasons. You can only get away with it a couple of times a game with a coordinated shove but most teams never try it which I think is crazy when there is a real chance of surprising the opposition and winning back possession.
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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    is there not a significant safety risk in a one-off league scrum all of a sudden being competitive? if the opposition are expecting a passive scrum, surely it's highly likely to collapse...
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    Default Re: Should we bring back contested scrums in rugby league?

    Quote Originally Posted by dave_clark View Post
    is there not a significant safety risk in a one-off league scrum all of a sudden being competitive? if the opposition are expecting a passive scrum, surely it's highly likely to collapse...
    I've never had a scrum collapse when a team's decided to push. Keep in mind that in RL we are no where near as close to the ground when we scrummage, thus a lot less likely to not be able to support ourselves.

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