Clip 4 - 5 June 2018 Law 16

The Lions - called Red by the referee - drive a maul towards the Stormers' line. The maul falls down.

The referee calls: “Taken down by Red." Clearly, he believes that the Lions had collapsed their own maul and he lets play go on.


Players must not:
Intentionally collapse a maul or jump on top of it.

Sanction: Penalty

Players - not just defending player/players. That would include the Lions.

The reason for the law is to safeguard players against the perceived possibility of injury.

This is a common tendency in refereeing the maul. advert