Rugby mauling

You take part in rugby mauling when in a number of players bound together, struggling for the ball which is off the ground. Know what to do and how you do it.

Where you do the mauling

A maul may form when play breaks down in the normal flow of a rugby game.

Know when a maul has formed and you will be more confident in general play and give away no penalties through being unsure.

The maul is covered in the Laws of the Game.

Be sure you know what a maul is and how a maul is formed. If you need to, find out on the page about the rugby maul.

Getting involved in mauling

To become involved in mauling you you must either be there when the maul formed or join it correctly by entering 'through the gate' (described here).

You join the maul safely when the level of your shoulders is above or equal to the level of your hips.

This reduces injuries in mauls and helps you stay on your feet.

Having arrived at the maul area correctly you must bind onto (alongside) the hindmost player at your side of the maul.

You must not jump on top of a maul or attempt to drag another player out of a maul.

What is mauling

The objective of mauling is to wrestle the the ball from the opposition. It`s normally done by the forwards but any player can be in a maul.

Much pulling, pushing and struggling occurs in rugby mauling as you try to get the ball and smuggle it away.

Good posture or body height is needed as for the maul.

A well ballanced crouch is good. Have your feet shoulder width apart and offset backwards and forwards, ready to do your share of pushing. Have your chin up to shorten and protect your neck.

You must stay bound to other team members with the full length of at least one arm.

You must attempt to stay on your feet.

Mauling action

Only the ball carrier may go to ground but if they do they must make the ball available immediately.

You may drive the opposition backwards to make ground.

Using the power of your legs, drive opponents back, making contact with the front of your shoulder,

At the same time you are also struggling to control the ball which is amongst the arms of the contesting players.

Great upper body and leg strength is required as players attempt to rip the ball out of the arms of the opposition.

Teamwork and co-ordination is required as you struggle for control.

All players in the maul must remain bound, with a full arm bind, until the maul is over.

If you become detatched you must retreat behind your offside line. From that position, you can rejoin the maul if you wish to.

The maul ends

You aim to move the ball to the fringes (back or sides) of the maul so that one of your players can peal off the maul with the ball and create a new phase of play.

The maul must keep moving during this process. Basically, if the maul stops moving for more than five seconds the match official may stop the game and restart with a scrum.