Amen fl, amen. Union with a derated scrum os worse than RL. A PAKE, I interesting, one dimensional shadow of the game it's meant to be. Don't take this the wrong way Marshie but I think you're bang wrong, big time. The laws need to restore the hegemony of the scrum as a platform for attacking rugby. It can be done, it must be done.
I'm on the train to Barrow-in-Furness as we speak (work), you go past the RL ground on the way in, I've never been tempted to enter but I loved watching MSN thirds on sat win with a scrum dominance rhat increased as the game went on allowing the team to score 5 tries. I've slightly conflated there but anyone who's been to Barrow knows I need sympathy!!!