I just see a situation where a team with a dominant scrum would continue to commit infractions knowing that they have a good chance of winning the ball back in a scrum if it's feed in straight. So instead of being punished for an infraction, it becomes a reward of sorts. How is this issue rectified?T and A Man said:I've never seen a scrum half tap a hooker in a scrum prior to the feed. Its not an action that would be easily hid and the opposing half would yell out to alert his hooker.
What I have seen virtually everywhere is the hooker will tap his open side prop on the should to signal to his half back to "feed now".
Back to the query, crooked feeds give a benefit to the side feeding, to ensure even greater success of winning the ball. No scrum Hal is going in crooked the other way to lose possession.
A straight feed is about making the contest as fair as possible.
This is the story of rugby league circa the 1910's, its pretty much a result of professionalism.
League ended up making the scrum a no contest and foregone conclusion.