RUGBY SKILLS: HOW TO MAUL

A maul forms when at least three players from either side come into contact together. Here's our advice on how to do it properly. 

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The maul is a show of strength that all rugby fans love to watch. Teams that maul effectively can gain a lot of ground. It's important to get it right though! We give you our advice.

Christophe Raluy, the coach of Club Olympique Marcquois, who play in France's fourth tier, talks to us about the maul and gives us his advice on how to do it properly.

1. JUMPING AT THE LINEOUT

To set up a maul from a lineout you first of all need to jump to claim the ball. The jumping pod has to give the jumper the best possible support. 

“It goes without saying that the first thing you need is a good jumping pod that can keep the jumper high and in a stable position. In allowing the jumper to come back down to ground after claiming the ball it is important that they turn them a quarter turn.”

2. SETTING UP THE DRIVE

Mauling effectively is all about having a tight-knit group of forwards where everyone knows their position and what they have to do. 

“A maul needs to be set up low with the front and rear support players binding tightly with the jumper. The next two players to join the maul bind with each other and drive into position. They come in between the jumper and the first two support players. The last supporting player should come in between the previous two, take possession of the ball and stay low. With that the maul is set and the drive can begin.”

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