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How Is A Scrum And Maul So Different, Yet The Same?

rugby maul in the united kingdom

Scrum’s And Maul’s

The rugby players in a maul are normally more upright so you don’t get the forward momentum and strength as you would during a scrum. To get the best training for both the maul and scrum, players need to practice their driving power at both thigh height and waist height which will improve your driving power overall.

So How Is A Scrum And Maul So Different, Yet The Same?

You will probably see the forwards in rugby training working on scrum technique and nothing else. The maul however doesn’t really get practiced enough as if you have ever seen a maul then you have seen how all-over the place they are so you can’t really learn for what happens in a Maul during a heated rugby match, but you can do a bit more training on the defensive side of a maul…all you have got to do is…

Scrum And Maul In The United Kingdom

Rules And Regs

The rules/laws of a maul are not as strict as a scrum but like any part of any sport, there are some rules.

  • Players who join a maul must only join in behind their team-mates and not from the side.Rugby Maul Getting Heated
  • Players who join a maul must keep their head or shoulders no lower than their hips and should have at least one arm wrapped around their team-mates.
  • The team that doesn’t have the rugby ball in possession is not allowed to collapse the maul on purpose for safety reasons.
  • No players can drag the opposition out of the scrum unless the opposition players are on the wrong side of the maul.

One of the big differences between the scrum and maul is with the maul if you don’t have the ball you are less likely to make any ground due to the fact that you probably won’t have as many players in the maul thinking that the ball could come out from there at any time so you will need to have that defense ready if it does. In a scrum though, both teams have the same number of players and will be contesting for the ball at the same time.

Blocking And Interference

Another thing that can be classed as a rule-breaker is a thing called “Truck & Trailer” which is basically just blocking and obstruction of the ball. It is when players blatantly try to stop the opposition from getting at the player with the rugby ball, but, and there is a big but (not Beyonce) if the attacking team has 2 or more players wrapped around the ball and ball carrier from the correct position and keep moving forward.Rugby Scrum In Progress

The opposition has to have a fair chance of being able to steal the ball for the maul to be able to carry on.

In a scrum, even though the ball has been put in by one team, both teams can drive forward and contest for the ball by hooking the ball with their feet to the back of the scrum ready for play to continue. If a scrum collapses or turns, then it is down to the referee’s discretion on which way to award the penalty. I COULDN’T BE A REFEREE IF YOU PAID ME!

When a maul stops moving forward in either of the team’s favour then he/she will shout “Use it or Lose it” signalling that the ball has to be moved from the maul within a 5-second period. If that fails then it’s…Scrum Down to the team without the ball.

Catch It If You Can

Getting a bit technical with this one but if the ball has been caught from a Kick Off or a Drop Out and that player finds themselves in the middle of a maul inside their own 22 then the team that was caught in the maul will be awarded a scrum if the ball isn’t out of the maul in the time that it should be.

A scrum is finished if the ball has been successfully hooked out to the backs or if there are too many penalties which the referee will call another play depending on the severity.

A maul has finished when either the ball has passed out from there, if it goes to ground, or if anything that I have explained about above has happened.

One Last Thing

At the end of the day, Scrums are structured collisions and mauls are not structured but that doesn’t mean that players shouldn’t prepare for when they happen on the field. Mauling is only one part of a complicated game that just looks like it has no structure… but it has.

Having the drive power in both the scrum and maul aspects of a rugby game is equally important as each other, but they both have to be trained in different ways to know what you need to work on in rugby training and master it so you can dominate the opposition.

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