Sport Munster Rugby

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Varley ready to tackle new scrum calls head on

Declan Rooney

Munster hooker Damien Varley welcomes a return to 'old school' scrummaging this season as front-rows become accustomed to the new scrum calls.

The new 'crouch, bind, set' call has already been hailed as a success by the game's purists, as the farcical situations of the past few years, where games have been laced with re-set after re-set scrums, seem to have disappeared.

And with referees also clamping down on the crooked put-in to the scrum by the scrum-half, allowing both hookers a chance to get their boot on the ball, Varley reckons spectators could be in for more battles for possession up front.

"It is really going back to old-school scrummaging. There is plenty of head-on-heads," said Varley (left), who skippered Munster in their 27-13 victory over London Irish last weekend.

"I think we got a good ball against the head against London Irish in the first 20 minutes, five yards from their line.

"It takes away the momentum that was there last year and it puts the front-rows into good positions of attacking each other.

"But it takes a lot of getting used to. There has been such a difference in the laws over the last few years, but I think it's going well so far and getting to know referees and their interpretations on it should be interesting in the coming weeks," he added.

Irish Independent

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