Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar desires to see the swift return of scrums to the Tremendous League, reckoning that their elimination has led to extra damaging techniques.
The 2021 season will kick off simply because the 2020 marketing campaign completed, with play-the-balls taking the place of scrums, which had been scrapped from the resumption final August so as to scale back the variety of shut contacts in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
The emergency rule will nonetheless be in place when the brand new season begins on March 26, however the Rugby Soccer League says scrums may very well be re-introduced if circumstances allow later within the 12 months.
That is with a view to having them again in time for the end-of-season World Cup, which will probably be performed beneath worldwide legal guidelines.
“I would reasonably have scrums again,” stated Agar. “Scrums are a part of the material of rugby league.
“Whereas we’re not putting for the ball, they’re contested and, whereas it is few and much between, there is a chance to get the ball again.
“However I feel, greater than something, the best way the foundations have gone, not having them has led to some damaging techniques – that we have used as effectively – like with the ability to roll the ball into contact and take 30 seconds to convey the ball again into play.
“I feel you may put in a really low-risk, non-adventurous kick and get a reasonably first rate reward off it by getting some wind in your lungs and getting your defence proper for the subsequent two or three performs.
“For those who convey a scrum into play, you may have 4 blokes attacking three on a proportion, you may have 5 blokes attacking 4, you throw folks round, you could be adventurous.
“That is right down to coaches. Some groups do not assault an excessive amount of from a scrum, however different groups do, whether or not that be play one or two.
“All of us break up the sector now and, if the play-the-ball is in the midst of the sector, you usually get 5 defenders one aspect and 5 on the opposite.”