Balls put into modern scrums never seem to go in straight towards the hookers - indeed they are usually skewed directly to the prop(s) of the scrum-half's own side. Surely this is wrong ? Perhaps the referees ignore this in the interests of getting play rersumed as soon as possible ?
Hookers used to be there to win the ball and to hook it back to their pack team mates: ie the scrum is a "contest" to determine the winner of the ball. Scrums seem pointless, except for territorial gain, if the scrum-half simply throws it in towards his own side ?
Contrast this observation (during the Six Nations) with Line Outs, where the thrower-in is required to throw it centrally between the two sides, and will be penalised if he doesn't.
I may not have played for 60 years, but surely I am right on this point about the scrums? I shall be interested in your response !
You are preaching to the converted. Every weekend at grass roots level scrum halves get penalised for not straight feeds, so why doesn't it happen at professional level?
Sorry, The Rugby Ref doesn't have the answer. The Rugby Ref insists on a credible feed with some part of the ball on the centre line.
The Rugby Ref