EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Six realistic maul training activities

The maul is the most potent weapon in the game if it’s got momentum. Defences will struggle to stop it, especially from lineouts.

Yet, too many teams practise mauling against no one at all, or just driving into some pads.

You need to be:

  • Dynamic – ready to react to how the defence shoves, pushes and turns.
  • Secure – so the ball is the right place at the right time.
  • Ready – to move the ball away when the maul is losing momentum.

In other words, you need some realistic opposition.

Here are six activities and games to simulate open field mauling situations. If your team can master these, the lineout maul will be easier. By the way “maul basics” activity is ideal for new players to maul.

All these could be used with just the forwards if you wanted to have a unit skills session, though all the players can benefit from learning these skills.

 

 

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