Thursday, 24 March 2016

How Scrum?

Apparently the total amount of time lost to scrums during the Six Nations this year was a remarkable 241 minutes - i.e. over 4 hours of our lives that we'll never get back.

That equates to 20% of the total game time in the whole championship being taken up by (largely inconclusive) scrummaging.

No one wants to lose the scrummage from the game, but the powers that be have to prioritise this if the game is to prosper.

If anything the engage protocols hinder rather than help the process. Stopping the clock until the scrum is complete, ensuring that there is no early shove, insisting that the ball is put in straight and judicious use of the yellow card to punish offenders would, I'd hope, sort it out.

One thing's for sure - doing nothing is not an option.

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