Direktlänk till inlägg 27 juni 2009

Building an attacking maul...

Av ricardo rodriguez - 27 juni 2009 12:10

A dynamic maul is a powerful weapon in rugby because it draws in defenders and maintains forward momentum.

Key points for a solid maul Keep it square


A good maul will work most effectively if the drive is going forward. To do this, players need to drive forward as if they are forming a scrum.

It might be that the front player is facing the wrong way, say from a lineout. However, the other players should be keeping their hips parallel to the try line so their legs are pumping forward.

Get players ahead of the ball


A maul that stops is likely to be lost unless the referee can see the ball, or the ball can be released quickly. This means the ball should be worked to the back of the maul whilst the other players form a barrier between the defence and the ball. This needs communication and coordination.




A strong maul above all has a good communication. The players involved need to work the ball to the back of the maul and the players at the front of the maul need to keep the maul square.

All the players should be driving forward together, towards the opposition try line, using the combined force to out-muscle the defence.

The defence will either push back or try to turn the maul, so a mauling team has to be able to shift the point of attack or prevent itself become turned.

Individual work


A maul, by definition, needs at least three players involved. The ball carrier, a teammate and a defender, all bound together.

There are three distinct skills a good mauling player can work on individually to improve his mauling.


1. Leg drive

Dynamic steps, bending the knees and driving the feet into the ground to move forward. The stance should be wide, but not too wide to prevent the player being able to move forward quickly.


2. Body height

Getting low enough to drive forward without losing balance.


3. Ball position

As far as from the opposition as possible, without turning the back on the defence.


Triangle exercise

Here's a simple exercise to work all three skills.

  • Set up a 3 metre triangle with two attackers standing in the middle with a ball between them.
  • Number off three defenders 1 to 3 and arrange them around the triangle, one on each side of it.
  • Shout a number. The ball carrier drives into that defender with the other attacker binding on, to drive the ball carrier.
  • The attackers have five seconds to drive over that side of the triangle.
  • The defender's objective is to prevent the attackers mauling the ball out of his side of the triangle or to touch the ball.
  • After a score or five seconds, shout out a different number. The attackers have to turn and drive to another line.
  • This replicates the way the ball carrier and supporters may have to twist and turn in a maul in the game.


Extending the triangle exercise


The triangle exercise can be expanded to work this.

  • Lengthen the sides of the triangle to 6 metres, with two defenders on each side and five attackers in the middle.
  • Have three spare defenders are moving around to help out the defence after the five seconds.

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