- Bind tightly with the hooker so that the hooker is as close as possible to the ball about to be put into the scrum and to prevent the hooker and prop being ‘split’. Do not bind so tightly that it becomes difficult and uncomfortable for the lock to push effectively.
- On the put-in, drive slightly upward to open up the tunnel, letting the hooker have an unimpeded strike at the ball.
- Reach as far forward as comfortable with the outside arm upon engagement. Transfer the opposing tight-head’s weight to the area between the shoulder blades.
Lineout (first position in the lineout)
- Assume the same stance for all lineouts. This will be difficult if the player is used as a catcher as well as a supporting player.
- Develop catching options: Amongst these options are:
- To catch a fast, flat throw.
- To catch a back lob which the player takes moving backwards after feinting to go forward.
- To deflect the ball directly from the top of the jump to the half back.
- Become the receiver of the ball from a deflected catch at the end of the lineout. If there is a gap in their lineout, penetrate and link with team-mates. Aim to go past the gain line before looking for other options.
N.B. This player is seldom used in a catching role at lineout; however, if mismatches eliminate other options, throws to the taller prop can enable the team to gain possession.
- Be alert to catch ‘bobbled’ or deliberately deflected ball so that it is recovered cleanly using two hands. Attempt to recover this ball without leaving the line of touch to prevent opponents breaking through the formation.
- Use the advantage of having only one shoulder bound in scrums to make a fast ‘get away’ in a supporting role. This must not be done before scrummaging responsibilities have been completed.
Both props may perform a lifting role for the locks when kick-offs are shallow and contestable.