View Full Version : maul moving from field of play into in-goal

Dickie E
27-08-07, 00:08
this happened on Saturday.

Atacking team had a good rolling maul going that became stationery about a metre from the opponents goal line. I told them to use it or get the maul moving again. My intent was to award the scrum feed to the defenders if it remained unplayable.

The maul lurched forward a metre and then ended up stationery but now in-goal.

I awarded the restart scrum to the attacking team 5 metres out.

I've no doubt that this was the right decision but I feel some sympathy for the defenders. The attacking team never looked like grounding the ball and they failed to meet their "use it or lose it" responsibility.

Any thoughts?

27-08-07, 00:08
The maul apparently did restart within your time limit.

Law 17.1 (a) A maul can only take place in the field of play.

Therefore the maul law no longer applied. Ball held up. Attacking scrum.