Clip 4 – 28 February 2019 - Law 16
Tom Saunders of the Crusaders charges ahead. James Parsons and Matt Matich. The three players stay on their feet. Michael Alaalatoa (18) drives into the group.
That is enough to make a maul.
Maul: A phase of play consisting of a ball-carrier and at least one player from each team, bound together and on their feet.
It is a maul until it ends, successfully or unsuccessfully.
Other players join in - Matt Todd, Joe MNoody, Scott Barrett and Ben Funnell of the Crusaders and Ofa Tu’ungafasi and Josh Goodhue of the Blues.
All those other six players do is add to the maul.
After Michael Alaalatoa joins in and establishes the maul, well after, Saunders gets a knee to the ground and the maul falls down. The ball does not emerge. It is a maul with an unsuccessful end.
When a maul ends unsuccessfully, a scrum is ordered.
Law 19 deals with scrums.
In the case of an unsuccessful end to a maul, the law lays down who gets the throw-in.
Law 19.1: The team not in possession at the start of the maul. If the referee cannot decide which team had possession, the team moving forward before the maul stopped. If neither team was moving forward, the attacking team.
The team in possession at the start of the maul was the Crusaders. And so the referee awards the scrum to the Blues.
He is right to do so.