Mallett offers solution to driving maul
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says players should be allowed to collapse driving mauls.
Mallett was speaking in the SuperSport studio following the Sharks’ 32-24 Super Rugby to the Hurricanes in Wellington at the weekend.
Mallett said the Sharks were unlucky not to have been allowed a try from a driving maul in the game at Westpac Stadium.
With the Sharks trailing 21-17 in the 61st minute, they appeared to score after Marcell Coetzee dotted down following a powerful driving maul close to the Hurricanes tryline.
Referee Chris Pollock referred the decision upstairs and eventually disallowed the try for what he called “changing lanes”.
Mallett acknowledged the Sharks were unlucky, but called for a change in the laws where players should be allowed to collapse the maul.
He said: “To me it looked like a perfect driving maul. The player who took the lineout transferred the ball and then they drove through the middle with a lot of momentum and the Sharks scored. Some referees are looking for when a team changes the channel of the maul and that's what the referee seemed to blow for, but it seemed very unfair on the Sharks. It was no different to the try the Lions scored against the Highlanders or the countless Springbok tries I've seen over the years.
“I've never seen anyone injured in a collapsed maul, ever. So why don't we allow the maul to be collapsed? A team should be allowed to sack the maul. It commits defenders to bringing it down which means there will be less people on their feet to defend when a side plays the ball to the backs.”