Folau Fainga’a hovers close to the highest of the Tremendous Rugby try-scoring record this 12 months, virtually solely off the again of the Brumbies’ rolling maul shaped from a lineout.
It’s their go-to transfer when camped within the opposition half and in 2019 has generated nice returns.
However is it authorized?
If the Sharks need an actual shot at knocking over the Brumbies in Canberra this weekend, they’re going should discover a option to both successfully shut down this a part of the ACT recreation, or make sure the referee is primed to look out for this now well-practised manoeuvre.
Referee Nick Briant took a significantly sturdy line in opposition to this tactic within the Highlanders vs Brumbies recreation in Invercargill in 2016, penalising the away facet thrice in early order for unlawful formation of the rolling maul from a lineout.
With this taken away, the Aussie facet forgot about learn how to play wet-weather code, and the Highlanders – with a mere 25 per cent possession and territory – picked their pocket for a 23-10 win.
It’s maybe the one time I’ve seen a referee go after this tactic on such a constant foundation, and you’ll be certain somebody pointed this out to him previous to kick-off.
The next video demonstrates the tactic.
What we’re searching for is the lifter driving previous the jumper because the ball is coming down, getting himself in entrance of the ball earlier than the maul is about.
This stops the jumper being sacked instantly, making it tougher for the defending facet to undergo the center after the ball to carry it up. Maybe extra importantly, it offers a much bigger fulcrum level in the midst of the maul, which permits the attacking facet to roll both left or proper extra simply than the defenders can.
Plenty of additional benefits for a formation which is already laborious sufficient to defend underneath the present legal guidelines of the sport.
The Sharks have to search for the ‘lock lifting lock’ set off on the lineout and ensure the referee doesn’t miss it.
This Brumbies facet has loads of different methods of injuring sides, so this alone is just not going to be sufficient, but it surely’s a very good place to begin for the guests.