Brumbies defend their rolling maul

Date published: June 8 2015

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The Brumbies have vowed to continue to use their rolling maul despite coming in for criticism from certain quarters.

Flanker David Pocock scored his second hat-trick of the season against the Western Force in the Brumbies' 33-20 win in Perth on Friday, with all of those tries coming from line-out drives close to the home side's try-line.

That tactic has been effective throughout the season for the Canberra-based outfit and fly-half Christian Lealiifano is adamant that they will continue to use it.

"If it's a strength of yours and it's working well … you've got to keep doing it until a team can stop you," he told the Canberra Times.

"If it's paying off why would you go away [from it]?

"We've got enough variation in our game, but with those kind of conditions and the forwards playing as well as they were playing the logical thing was to keep it in there."

Former Wallabies centre Tim Horan criticised the Brumbies while he was doing television commentary in the win over the Force.

"If you're going to go deep into the competition … you have to do more than just the rolling maul, you have to try and play an expansive game," he said.

Brumbies boss Stephen Larkham disagreed and said his side had more strings to their bow but defended the rolling maul.

He pointed out that a try from a maul was worth the same as by any other means.

"It's five points," he said.

"I don't see us as being reliant on the maul. We're out there to win the game and the beauty of rugby is there are different elements of the game,.

"We've had a bit of success with our maul this year – three tries on the weekend would probably make us the highest try-scoring team from mauls in the competition.

"It's certainly part of our attacking structure, it's not our only attacking structure but it's certainly part of it.

"We're well aware you can't go into games with only one tactic. You've got to have the ability to adapt and vary your game."

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