Clip 5 - 17 June 2019 - Law 17

Seabelo Senatla of the Stormers has the ball. Immediately André Esterhuizen and Dan du Preez grab Senatla and the three stay upright. Dillyn Leyds of the Stormers charges in and Lukhanyo Am joins in as well.

When Leyds joins in, that group of players has become a maul and the referee announces it as such.

The early announcement is good management as it also says that it does not matter where Senatla puts body parts this will stay a maul, and, if the ball stays in that group, the scrum will be awarded to the Sharks.

Law. In the abbreviated laws, the maul is contained in Law 17; in pre-abbreviation it was Law 19.

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

The group falls to ground. What falls to ground is a maul.

Law 17: A maul ends unsuccessfully when:
d. The ball-carrier goes to ground and the ball is not immediately available.
Sanction: Scrum.

Law 19.1: Where the game is restarted with a scrum and which team throws in is determined as follows:
A maul that ends unsuccessfully.
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. 

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