A maul from a lineout can be a powerful attacking tool. This clip shows how to construct the maul at the front of the lineout quickly. Practice is key to ensure players understand their positioning and timing.
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The maul can be a fast method of retaining the ball. It commits more defenders. It can continue to gain ground. The dangers are when forwards and backs are separated in practice and the back-line players do not understand their role at the maul, or even back away from the contest.
With the maul, the gain line is fluid and the defence can be forced onto the back foot
With the ruck, the gain line is static and the defence are often set and on the front foot
The spinning or rolling maul is an effective weapon when executed at speed. Notice what happens to the pace of the attack when the ball goes to floor with a breakdown
The new scrum laws are providing a challenge for all levels of the game, here Jon Curry from Northampton saints questions junior players on their knowledge, clarifies his interpretation and provides some practical answers and solutions to executing an effective scrum
Notice how the tackled player often remains on their feet and a mass of pulling and pushing begins
When a player is taken to the ground, the supporting players try to pick the ball up. There is not a natural inclination to ruck
Staying on the feet and maintaining aggressive leg drive, can be very difficult to defend
In this technique, the ball is constantly being shifted so the point of pressure is moving and challenging the defence