Scrum-Half? Ah yes!

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Hammerfall, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. Hammerfall

    Hammerfall Guest

    Ok, i'm just starting rugby for the first time, and many a friend have reccomended that i play scrum-half. I was just curious as to what they do besides feeding the scrum/taking the ball and passing it on to the fly-half etc. Any tips/training strategys are also welcome.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    As scrum half one of your key roles will be general to the forwards come scrum-time. At a breakdown, your job will be to tell who to get in into the ruck/maul, who to form the attacking line and to tell your backs which way they need to go, weather or not the openside or the blindside is the best route.

    Key skill required are for an accurate and fast pass (lightning spped is preferable), knowing when to sniff the smallest of openings to make a sniping run, box kixking and becoming a referees assistant - If you look at Greegan and Dawson (the best 2 scrum halfs of the past 30 years), they would spend a lot of time barking at the ref which won their sides a lot of penalties.

    Also, having a complete attitude problem and showing scant disregard for opposition players is a must!!! :p
     
  4. jyp94

    jyp94 Guest

    since you're starting rugby, you should try to use a rugby ball as much as you can. once you're comfortable with basic passing, try to spin pass as it's very effective in a match. also work on building up your stamina
     
  5. DC

    DC Guest

    At 9:

    You run more than most back players, if not the most on the pitch as you have to be at just about every breakdown in play. So endurance is huge!

    To build your accuracy i reccomend taking a ball standing 5m from a pole and just passing to the pole off each hand 20 times, see how many times you can hit, then keep adding distance as you feel more and more comfortable with your accuracy.

    To build pass strength i would reccomend using a medicine ball and do several types of explosive movements with those, such as side throws and stand back to back with a partner and pass the ball between you. This site has some good excersizes for rotational power: http://www.t-nation.com/findArticle.do?article=199torn2

    From there its all about just working on your ball skills and kicking skills, off both feet and both hands. Try to pass a ball as much as possible.

    Tips i can give you are always be on the lookout for penalties at the breakdown, as tehmite said dawes and gregan pointed it out to the refs all the time, i do it as well and it works really well. IF you see something illegal goin on bitch and moan about it, but don't expect to always get the call and be ready to play on. Also look for small gaps on either side of the ruck, from personal experience it seems easier to find them on the blindside. And the last thing i should say is work on your cooperation with your fly half. He is one of the vital links in how well you function, and having good communication and good chemistry with him will make the team click that much better. Work with him to get his timing down so you know how and where to give him the ball.
     
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