The barge also has to look smooth, or it will attract the referee’s attention.

The referee will give a cadence that brings the two scrums together, at which point the two packs begin to push against each other.

In recent years, this cadence has been expanded from a three count of “crouch, pause, engage” (with the packs coming together on “engage”) to a four count of “crouch, touch, pause, engage” with the opposing props reaching out their free hands to touch their opponent’s shoulder on the word “touch.”Barging: Not As Easy As It Sounds The length of time the cadence lasts is at the referee’s discretion, and a referee can lengthen the cadence between the words “pause” and “engage” if he thinks the packs are coming in early, or “barging.” The idea with barging is for your pack to get an extra half-second of momentum and hit the opponent’s pack before they get moving and hit you.

The successful barge must be practiced, as at least all of the “tight five” players (the props, hooker, and the two locks) must be involved for it to be truly effective in knocking the opposing scrum back.

Please, reap the benefit of my quarter-century of experience to learn some of the finer points of dirty play, and know that you are a part of long, honorable line stretching back to the sport’s founder himself.

Cheating In the Scrums: Barging Let’s start with one of the primary laboratories of cheating: the scrum.

You and seven of your strongest comrades, pushing with all your might against your eight strongest (or fattest) opponents in order to win the ball.The trick in the scrum, especially if you are the hooker or one of the two props, is to cheat enough to win, but not to do so in such an obvious way that you will get caught by the referee, who will be standing right next to you.By Charles Dainoff On Cheating In Rugby Ever since the game originated with the fabled act of William Webb Ellis picking up a football at Rugby School and running with it, the history of rugby has been a string of glorious attempts by entrepreneurial young men and women to find new and better ways to cheat.Look: rugby is a complicated, subtle game with lots of rules, almost continuous action, and 30 players on the field at one time.Anyone who is not cheating or attempting to cheat in this environment is either too inexperienced to do so, or is not trying.I can’t help you with the latter condition, but consider this column a shortcut to the former.