ELV 3

(IRB.COM) Thursday 15 May 2008
 

A defending team may pull the maul to the ground.

To do this, the defender must grasp an opposing player in the maul anywhere between the shoulders and the hips and then pull that player to the ground.

If the maul is brought down by any other action it is regarded as a collapse which remains illegal.

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Law text

Law 17.5 SUCCESSFUL END TO A MAUL

(a) A maul ends successfully when the ball, or a player with the ball, leaves the maul. A maul ends successfully when the ball is on the ground, or is on or over the goal line.

(b) A player may pull a maul to the ground providing that player does so by pulling another player in the maul down from the shoulders to the hips.
Penalty: Penalty kick

Law 17.6 UNSUCCESSFUL END TO A MAUL

(a) A maul ends unsuccessfully if the ball becomes unplayable, or the maul collapses or is pulled down and the ball does not emerge. A scrum is ordered.