Castleford Tigers' Daryl Powell wants scrums back as soon as possible

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell wants to see scrums return as soon as possible but is glad that 20/40 kicks won’t be in Super League this year.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 11:45 am
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Rule changes were ratified earlier this year, with scrums remaining out of the game due to Covid-19.

The RFL want to limit the amount of close contact between players and scrapping scrums is seen as one way to effectively do that.

Powell isn’t a fan of the sport without scrums while the six-again rule is set to remain this season.

“The six-again was the big one. I don’t see the point of 20/40 kicks, I think it is a gimmick. I don’t see any point in it at all,” he said.

“I want to get back to scrums as soon as possible. It is really poor for the game, that look of players not going into marker and just wasting time.

"There are a couple of things they need to get a grip of at the start of the season.But it is obviously down to Covid and we have to handle what is thrown at us.

“I don’t want us to madly follow Australia because they are throwing a lot of different rules out there every year.

“We don’t want the game to become completely different to the one we know. That would be disastrous. I just think people need to be mindful of what the game could become if they are not careful.”