Clip 5 - 8 June 2018 Law 16 & 19

A Maul, A Tackle and a scrum awarded? -

Stephen Perofeta, the Blues' flyhalf, kicks downfield. Jack Maddocks of the Rebels fields the ball, runs and passes to fullback Dane Haylett-Petty who runs. Orbyn Leger (13) of the Blues grabs Haylett-Petty.

They both stay on their feet. Billy Meakes, Angus Cotrell Maddocks and Matt Philip give Haylett-Petty support and other Blues players join in. there is no doubt that there was a maul - from the time Meakes joined in.


Maul: A phase of play consisting of a ball-carrier and at least one player from each team, bound together and on their feet.

Making a maul is what players do. It is not a maul because a referee calls Maul. Once a maul is formed it stays a maul till it ends. It does not become a tackle or a ruck. It is just a maul until it ends.

A maul has a successful ending when the ball is brought to ground from the maul. This does not happen in this case. It is ended by the whistle, an unsuccessful ending.

Law 16.18 - A maul ends unsuccessfully when:
• The ball becomes unplayable.
• The maul collapses (not as a result of foul play).

When the maul falls down, the referee awards the scrum to the Blues.

Law 19.1 - A scrum is awarded to: The team not in possession at the start of the maul.

This business of knee on the ground in a maul has created its own confusion

Look at the definitions:

Tackle: The method of holding a ball-carrier and bringing that player to ground.
Tackled player: A ball-carrier who is held and taken to ground by a tackler or tacklers.

Bringing that player to ground/taken to ground (by somebody else) - not forces his own way to the ground. advert