Clarity needed on rolling maul: Larkham

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has called on Super Rugby officials to again review its rules around rolling mauls after “further inconsistencies” in their first pre-season trial.

The ACT outfit were told last month referees would clamp down on the way the ball was moved through the maul this year and were advised to change the way they set up their go-to move – which yielded 10 tries last season.

But, according to Larkham, confusion remains.

The Brumbies were awarded the opening try in Saturday’s 21-17 loss to the Waratahs at Wagga Wagga in southern NSW off the back of a rolling maul via Josh Mann-Rea.

But they were penalised for another rolling maul in the second half, which the coach felt was the exact same set-up as the first.

“(It) was thought to be illegal and was called by the touch judge,” he said.

“It’s made it really difficult for the referees now.

“They’ve got to review it.

“I think they’ll review that decision and they’ll give us some feedback there and we can modify as needed.”

With less than three weeks to go before the new season gets under way, Larkham said clubs needed to get some clarity.

“It’s about going back to the referees, making sure they’re happy with what we’re doing and then we’ll find a middle ground somewhere,” he said.

Despite Saturday’s result, Larkham was pleased with his side’s overall performance in a “high-spirited” and entertaining match.

He said a couple of players put their hands up for selection ahead of next week’s second and final trial against the Queensland Reds at Ballymore.

“They’ve staked their claim to get an opportunity next week and into the season,” added Larkham.

“And that’s what we’re looking for – guys who haven’t had an opportunity at this level to put their hand up and see whether they were good enough.”

They will join returning Wallabies Stephen Moore, David Pocock, Scott Fardy, Christian Lealiifano and Scott Sio who were all rested this weekend.

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