Hammett: Bulls maul is illegal!
Cape Town - Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has slammed the Bulls' rolling mauls from lineouts ahead of their Super Rugby encounter in Napier on Saturday.
The Bulls were highly effective using the rolling maul in their 34-all draw against the Chiefs last weekend, and were even awarded a penalty try after mauling for about 20m before the Chiefs collapsed it.
"The rolling maul is completely illegal in terms of how it's set up, but I've talked to refs numerous times and numerous other coaches have done that as well, but it's something at the moment they (the referees) aren't prepared to change," Hammett told the Stuff.co.nz website
''The biggest issue isn't around the maul, it's the entry of players coming in, in front of the ball carrier and it's done continuously,'' he said.
''I don't think it's something that will change mid-season, if at all.''
The 'Canes coach is confident that his charges can stop the Bulls on Saturday though.
''You have to stop it at the source, whether it's getting up in the air or stopping it before the train gets moving.''
Kick-off for Saturday's game at McLean Park is scheduled for 08:35 (SA time).Teams:Hurricanes:
15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen/John Schwalger, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger/Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Hadleigh Parkes, 23 Marty BanksBulls:
15 Jurgen Visser
, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht
, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson
, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard
, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Dewald Potgieter
, 6 Deon Stegmann
, 5 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 4 Paul Willemse
, 3 Werner Kruger
, 2 Callie Visagie
, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi
, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Grant Hattingh
, 20 Jacques du Plessis, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers