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@ 2eyed - the major problem is that the ball carrier is hidden behind a wall (obstruction for me) and that wall can only be brought down immediately and then the attacking maul can do whatever it wants. Mark Lawrence is one of the few refs that looks at both sides for offenses - usually its just easy points ( try or penalty) for any team with an average maul organisation.
Cant agree that a rolling maul going the full length of the field is a joy to behold - hardly an equal contest like a scrum or lineout. Rugby was supposed to be about running with the ball, beating or confronting the tackler, not slipping it up the jumper or hiding it behind other team members. If it continues defenders need the ability to drop the front guys just like at a ruck.
Posted 06:35 28th May 2012
We should clarify, guys.
The tactic the Bulls used was at the breakdown (ruck). If it had been a rolling maul, they would have been pinged for truck `n' trailer (I believe they were once).
I thought both the Highlanders and Chiefs countered it very well by employing a fast loosie to harass the halfback. After the first charge down, the Bulls started adding more players to the `caterpillar', forcing the halfback to kick from deeper.
But I agree with calls that it should be banned, as should the Aussie teams' habit of flopping over the ball at the breakdown!
Posted 01:38 28th May 2012
Guys - can't agree. The rolling maul has always been within the rules, and the only reason we've not seen it in Super Rugby for so long is purely based on teams decisions to play expansive rugby.
Personally, I like the rolling maul as its a true test of tough defensive character, as shown by the Chiefs who countered well. As long as the ref is vigilant (as Lawrence was for truck and trailer), then bring it on! I remember as a kid wathing the ABs maul almost the length of the field with Zinzan holding it in the back. Bloody awesome combatitive tough play.
In fact, since then, the rules have changed so the maul can be dropped, so any well coached team should be able to counter.
Just my 2 cents...
Posted 08:47 27th May 2012
As SA and Eng teams love the rolling maul its unlikely to be outlawed any time soon. It has the potential to destroy the game as a spectacle unless defending teams are given more rights. Lazy thinking / coached teams use it the most.
The other rule that needs changing back is allowing the halfback to come around over half way and interfere with the opposition scrum. The old law was better as the scrum was cleared by the half without a pesty 9 in the way. No 8 stayed attached and the scrum could be a contest with the ball actually hooked!
Posted 07:12 27th May 2012
passtheball-- completely agree, that human centipede thing that the bulls do should be counted as the ball being played as soon as one of the forwards plays the ball back with his foot.
Posted 17:03 26th May 2012
The rolling maul is simply obstruction. How can the ball be hidden behind 6 / 7 players and the defenders not legally allowed to get at the ball carrier or tackle the attached players in front of the ball carrier. Anywhere else in the game obstruction is a straight penalty.
Its just too easy for unimaginative teams to gain metres or kick into the corner for almost certain tries. The defending side has few options, also the ref only looks for offences from the defending team so usually a penalty is the least a side can expect.
Posted 11:44 26th May 2012
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