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    Default Penalty here or scrum there!

    What do you think the point of the scrum option is and have you ever had someone take? Do you even offer it ?
    Why don’t they just drop it?

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    Default Re: Penalty here or scrum there!

    The two places could be a long way apart , or the scrum could be 5m from the goal line, so a team could choose the scrum to gain territory

    But this is a very old Law and pre dates the time from when you can kick a PK to touch , and keep the throw in.. and that would often be the normal choice now.

    But yes I offer it, and sometimes it is taken

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    Default Re: Penalty here or scrum there!

    I suspect it goes way back to when a penalty kick for touch gave the opposition the lineout throw. Therefore a scrum option made sense if it was in good position.
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    Default Re: Penalty here or scrum there!

    Or if you are dominant in the scrum. Good option then too.
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    Default Re: Penalty here or scrum there!

    Even with the option to take a lineout AND throw if youve a working scxrum but your normal throwers are all off sick that week and your lineout is a gamble...

    removing the option merely limits the game. Leaving it in may mainly be redundant - but that doesn't make the option in itself wholely redundant.

    Im sure we can all dream up scnearios whereby taking the scrum is the best tactical choice.

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    Default Re: Penalty here or scrum there!

    I've had it a couple of times already this season. Dominant scrum/weak lineout, high crosswinds making the LO (And even finding touch) a lottery, kicking into the teeth of a gale, scrum deep in the opposition 22...

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