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Attack from the scrum | Plays, tactics and activities

The scrum still presents the most potent attacking platform since it ties in nine defenders in a small area. Here are four tactics, plays and activities to develop different attacking options from the various scenarios a scrum presents.

If you have a solid scrum, then try this: Attacking the defence: Exploiting a fast number 8. This activity can be used with any number of players and is a good way to improve speed off the base of a ruck or scrum.

Attacking the seams explores the tactical spaces that the defences give from scrums. The article describes where the seams are and then gives you two activities to allow you to exploit them.

Attack blindside from a scrum is an activity from Sean Holley that, again, doesn’t just apply to the set piece, but includes skills that apply for lots of different situations.

Finally, France scrum blocka in outlines a play from the French team that they used in a Six Nations game, starting from a scrum position. It is put together by Richard Whiffin, recently an attack coach with England U20s.

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