Skills for supporting players at the maul
Most mauls start from lineouts. If a maul does form in open play then the keys skills are:
The ball carrier needs to turn towards their supporting players.
The supporting players will need to rip the ball away from the ball carrier so it’s further away from the defenders.
Any player who joins the maul, other than those who are ripping the ball, should take up a scrummaging body profile to drive the maul forward.
Finally, ideally, if the maul is moving forward, the ball carrier at the back of the maul should be in scrummaging position with the ball on their hip to allow the clearing passer easy access to the ball.
In the picture above, who is making a difference, and who isn’t?
The white players on the left and right are bound in, but can’t push, prevent an opposition player from grabbing the ball or carry the ball themselves. The player facing us was probably the ball carrier. The others look strong.