The Maul and Ruck

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The Maul and Ruck

The maul and ruck are two distinct phases of play. Both phases are formed from the attacking team carrying the ball into contact with players from the defending team. If the attacking player is held up then a maul can form, if the player is tackled to the ground then a ruck can be formed.

Maul Definition:

Ball held up above ground. Ball-carrier and one other from each team on their feet in physical contact around the ball (minimum of three players).

Ruck Definition:

Ball on the ground. One or more players from each team on their feet in physical contact over the ball (minimum of two players). 

In order for a backline to function efficiently it is vital that ball is presented from a solid platform going forward. Good teams have the capacity to deliver quality ball with equal effectiveness in either phase.