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CoacHclass Top Tips XI

Our latest CoacHclass Top Tip focuses on the maul

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The Maul


Are you the next Tom Rees, James Haskell or Danny Cipriani?

In the aftermath of one of London Wasps' finest performances in the modern era, we take a look at the maul. The maul and the associated core techniques and understanding are a big part of the CoacHclass intinerary that will be coached at our Summer CoacHclasses. This is coached with the emphasis that we also place on the Principles Of Play:

  • Gain Possession
  • Go Forward
  • Support
  • Continuity
  • Pressure
  • Points

Definition:


  • Ball held up above ground.
  • Ball carrier and one other from each team in physical contact around ball (minimum number three).

Objective:


  • To engage and group opposition
  • To move forward
  • To present ball to continue attack

Key Words:


  • Safety
  • Low
  • Hit
  • Drive
  • Low
  • Hit
  • Drive
  • Deliver

Communication Is An Essential Component Of The Maul

Key Factors:


  1. 2nd and 3rd Support Players:
    • Identify role, sight the target area
    • Approach the ball carrier and first support player with depth, parallel to touchline
    • Assume low effective driving position (i.e. lower knees and hips, spine in line, chin off chest, eyes up)
    • Bind and drive either side of the ball carrier, forming a wedge forward of the ball
    • Maintain strong forward leg drive throughout using short steps
  2. Additional Support Players:
    • Identify role, sight the target area
    • Approach the maul from depth, parallel to the touchline
    • Assume a low effective driving position
    • If possible, bind with teammates and drive into 'mini-maul'
    • Ensure balanced numbers approaching either side of the maul
    • Bind and drive on to the maul at the hind most foot
    • Maintain strong forward leg drive throughout using short step
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    • Transfer the ball to the back of the maul communicating its position throughout
    • Deliver to the halfback or initiate further play
  3. Coaching Points:


    Lineout coaching

    • Players must be coached to drive first, seek the ball second
    • Balance is crucial to forward movement, even numbers of players must join maul either side of the ball
    • The most effective pushing position is common through scrum, ruck and maul, i.e. lower knees and hips, spine in line, chin off chest, eyes up
    • Communication is crucial within the maul with regard to the position of the ball and attacking options
    • A maul can become a ruck by:
      1. The current ball carrier going to ground and bound support moving forward over the grounded ball carrier
      2. The ball being placed on the ground
    • Alternative set for maul: first two support players bind either side of the ball carrier with support player driving in on the ball
    • Note: Players joining a maul must do so from behind the hindmost foot.
    • Common Errors:


      • Breakdown through ineffective work of the ball carrier and or first support player
      • Players arriving too late
      • Arriving players searching for the ball first rather than binding and driving
      • Second and third support players not remaining bound at the front of the maul
      • Failing to continue with leg drive after the initial contact
      • Poor communication in the maul resulting in teammates working against each other rather than together
      • Players falling over in the maul due to poor body position and balance
      • Failure to maintain straight line drive due to greater numbers of support players joining one side of the maul
      • Not presenting the ball when the maul becomes stationary or told to 'use it or lose it' by the referee

      CoacHclass Top Tips Series


      Matt Corker coaching

      CoacHclass Top Tips - Popping the ball out of the tackle
      CoacHclass Top Tips II - Decision-making in attack
      CoacHclass Top Tips III - Rucking
      CoacHclass Top Tips IV - Evasive Running
      CoacHclass Top Tips V The Fend / Hand Off
      CoacHclass Top Tips VI The Three-Point Principle before, during and after contact
      CoacHclass Top Tips VIIThe Switch and Scissor Passes
      CoacHclass Top Tips VIII Back Attack Roles
      CoacHclass Top Tips IX Gaining Possession
      CoacHclass Top Tips XPrinciples Of Defence

      Summer CoacHclass


      Jason Bowers (L) & Gary Townsend (R) with the Heineken Cup

      5-Day Residential 'Be Your Best' Academy CoacHclass at SEAE Arborfield with London Wasps and the British Army
      30th July 2007 to 3rd August 2007

      Under 14s to Under 18s
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      3-Day Summer CoacHclass at Aylesbury RFC
      14th to 16th August 2007
      Under 8s to Under 15s
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      3-Day Summer CoacHclass at the London Wasps Training Ground, Twyford Avenue, Acton
      21st to 23rd August 2007
      Under 8s to Under 15s
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      3-Day Summer CoacHclass at High Wycombe RUFC
      28th to 30th August 2007
      Under 8s to Under 15s
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