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    Default Collapsing A Maul?

    Watching tonights Scarlets v Ospreys game and saw something I'm not sure of. The Scarlets were comfortably pushing a maul upfield, but when the camera gave a close-up we could see a Scarlets player hooking an Ospreys players leg, which made the oppo hop back while still bound into the maul.

    I don't think that maul collapsed, but if that player had tripped over, the maul would have collapsed over him, so bearing in mind 17.2(e) would the Scarlets have been liable to a PK for collapsing the maul?
    17.2(e) A player must not intentionally collapse a maul. This is dangerous play.
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    Default Re: Collaopsing A Maul?

    didn't see it, but ...
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    Default Re: Collapsing A Maul?

    Whoever is responsible for the collapse of the maul is liable to PK. Attacking the legs is a big no no and if I saw it as a deliberate act, I would seriously be considering a stern talking to the captain...

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    Default Re: Collapsing A Maul?

    Taff, you lucky dog. I'm a fan of the Ospreys and haven't gotten to see them yet this year. As a matter of fact, I'm beginning to think that FS+ has something against Welsh rugby. They haven't shown any Welsh team yet this season.

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    Default Re: Collapsing A Maul?

    Hooking a player's leg in a maul (or, by the way, in a scrum, where it sometimes happens) is very dangerous at any level of the game, since the affected player would fall backwards and defenceless, with a high probability of the full maul falling over him/her.

    I always try to manage it:
    • In junior games, I always remind the skippers that leg hooking is dangerous play and I'm not going to tolerate it.
    • "Blue 7, release that leg!"
    • If the player complies, I talk to the skippers at next dead ball, explaining why leg hooking is dangerous and that I won't allow it.
    • If the player doesn't comply and the maul collapses, PK and a stern talk (YC if repeated, may lead to RC -- 10.3.b)
    • If the player doesn┤t comply, the maul doesn't go down, but I see an actual probability of collapse, PK -- 10.4.m)

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