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What are scrums good for in rugby league?

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9th January, 2020
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What is the purpose of a scrum in the National Rugby League?

It’s not a contest. It’s not an attacking option.

There is nothing about a scrum that adds to the game. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Rugby league scrums are simply a time-wasting exercise – a waste of 30 seconds, to be precise.

So what have we got? Twelve players touching in a loose formation – the combination of which is anyone in the vicinity.

The halfback – or whoever has the ball – puts the ball under the lock’s feet and then passes it to whoever is closest and then the 12 players break and go about their business.

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This process guarantees the non-offending team the ball. No contest of any sort takes place.

Now, I’m OK with the non-offending team getting possession – why should the offending team have a chance to get the ball back?

But that then begs the question: why have a scrum at all?

Let’s just simply have a turnover and get on with the game.

The time the ball is in play is a problem the NRL faces these days, so perhaps axing the scrums could help.