- Make your first priority to win ball on the loose-head.
- Choose options on the tight-head so that they are of greatest tactical value and catch the opposition by surprise.
- Exert tactical and physical pressure on the opposing hooker at all scrums.
- Know the throw-in requirements of the lineout forwards and perfect them.
- Stand in a position that enables maximum protection for the half back from deflected ball. Mark the opposing hooker closely.
- Take up a position that enables an unimpeded line to the opposing team’s deflected ball.
- Exploit the general play situation that often occurs when the ball is deflected. This occurs in the time between the conclusion of the lineout and the formation of a phase play.
- Hookers may be used to support catchers on the opposing team’s throw.
- Because hookers are not bound into the lineout, they can enter general play very quickly.
- From scrums, the options are the same as for the other members of the front row.
- As the hooker may be the last to leave scrums, it is very important to assess the options.
- Depending on the hooker’s skills and speed, the player may join the back attack, usually on the blind side.