The Scrum

Key Factors:

  • Core strength
  • Spine in line
  • Back in strong "flat" position
  • Feet shoulder-width apart
  • Hips, knees, and ankles at 90-degree angle
  • Shins parallel to the ground

Steps to Build a Scrum:

  1. Body Position
    • Feet positioned shoulder-width apart
    • Head in a neutral position
    • Knees bent
    • Bend forward at the waist with flat back and shoulders above hips
    • Core tensed and weight balanced on both feet
  2. Front Row Binds
    • Hooker sets on the referee's mark
    • Hooker has the right foot in front of the left
    • Loose head prop (left of hooker) binds on the hooker near the shoulders in the middle of the back and the hooker binds on the loose head prop the same way
    • Tight head prop (right of hooker) binds on the tight head prop the same way
    • Front crouches together using the key factors of body position
    • Hooker calls in second row
  3. Second Row Binds
    • Bind together as the front row get set up
    • Get into crouch position or take a knee
    • Shoulder of second row is under the buttock of the prop and the bind holds the shoulder to the buttock
    • Keep head up and eyes looking forward
    • Drive through the shoulder connected to the prop
    • Feet remain shoulder-width apart during the scrum
  4. Back Row Binds
    • Crouch using the key factors of body position
    • Shoulder of flanker is under the buttock of the prop and bind holds shoulder to buttock
    • Each shoulder of number 8 is connected to a second row
    • Drive through the connected shoulder(s)
    • Feet remain shoulder-width apart during the scrum
    • Number 8 squeezes the hips of the second rows to direct the drive of the scrum
  5. Engagement
    • Follow the referee's instructions and engage on the invitation
    • CROUCH - Strong body position, core tight, and firm binds
    • TOUCH - Props touch outside shoulder of direct opponent
    • SET - Drive into contact, front row head goes to the left of direct opponent
    • After engagement, shins parallel with ground and knees are bent
    • Heads are neutral, back is flat, and eyes are looking forward
    • Feet remain shoulder-width apart
  6. After Engagement
    • Scrum half puts the ball in the tunnel between the teams
    • Hooker strikes the ball by sweeping the right leg and contacting the with right foot with enough force to move the ball to the back of the scrum
    • Players drive straight with backs flat, feet shoulder-width apart, and eyes forward
    • Number 8 controls the ball with feet
    • Scrum half and number 8 assess options and distribute the ball