There is a unanimous consensus on social media that the caterpillar ruck in rugby should be banned for the betterment of the game.
Scotland, England, France, and Wales all employed this tactic extensively yesterday, prompting fans to express their frustration on Twitter.
According to RUCK sources, World Rugby is reportedly aware of the criticism and is actively considering making law adjustments in the near future to eliminate the controversial tactic.
David Flatman wrote: “The caterpillarruck must go. It’s so, so dull to watch.”
One fan wrote: “It’s well past time this law was changed and the caterpillar ruck outlawed,”
A second said: “Dear world rugby, please, please ban the caterpillar ruck,”
Another commented: “I would very much like to see the caterpillar ruck out of the game. Slows everything down and stops competition for the ball.
A fourth added: “This France Scotland game is rubbish. Caterpillar ruck to box kick and repeat.”
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Recently, Joe Marler said: “The first thing I would do is ban the f***ing caterpillar ruck,’ he says. ‘It kills me. The whole thing is an a***. I would go as far as saying I’d ban box kicks but I might start to sound like Clive Woodward.
“‘I want to see referees sanction the scrum-half for not using it when they shout “Use it”. I also want to get rid of the rule where the defence get the ball back if they hold you up and create a maul in the tackle.’”
“Hero to zero” – 5 England players who underperformed against Wales
Looking ahead to the next match against Scotland at Murrayfield in two weeks, we identify four players who may need to step out of the starting team.
#1. Ethan Roots
Evening Standard 6/10: “Showed his inexperience at the level for his yellow card, but recovered as the game progressed.”
Telegraph 5/10: “Struggled to match the heights of last week, losing the ball in contact deep inside the Welsh 22 before conceding a penalty and yellow card for killing a maul.”
Planet Rugby 4/10: “A great debut last week but not so good this time around. The yellow card was needless as all he had to do was hold them up as he had got onto the ball.”
RUCK 6/10: “Collapsed the maul as Wales trundle towards the goal-line. Awarded a yellow card as Wales get a penalty try. Provided a new role as a line out jumper at the back. Spilt the ball after 47 minute re-start. Didnt have the best game to build on his MOTM performance v Italy, but put in strong hits around the pitch. Off for Alex Coles (72)”