- Bind to each other and to the front row so as to be in a good pushing position once the opposing scrum is engaged.
- Once contact is made, do not alter foot positions.
- Maintain a stable scrum on the throw-in. On the opposing team’s throw-in, push forward to disrupt the delivery of the ball.
Lineout (second and fourth catchers)
- Initiate both the support and the throw by stepping to the line of touch and leaping vertically to catch the ball.
- Drive up with the arms to gain maximum height.
- Watch the ball into the hands.
- Once the ball has been caught, move it immediately away from the opposing players turning the body to follow the ball.
- Land in a stable body position back-on to opponents.
- Hold the ball low. It is the target for driving support players. If it is held high, they will be too high in their body position to drive effectively.
- Deliver the ball based on the team’s proposed pattern of attack.
Field play (attack)
- Move quickly towards the anticipated position of the ball.
- Bind and drive into rucks and mauls to push them forward.
- If the opposing players have not been committed to the ruck or maul and the ball is available, drive forward with it in hand.
- Be aware of the options that are available to run, pass or set up phase play.
Field play (defence)
- Run in a crouch so that a tackle can be made if attacking players cut back towards the source of possession.