Crockett confident Crusaders can stop Sharks maul

Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett has identified the Sharks maul as a major threat but says that as long as they are organised the Christchurch side should have little to fear.

South African sides have frequently gone to the maul after a line out when they have been struggling as it is difficult to stop and referee’s don’t always spot a a dodgy truck-and-trailer routine.

Splintering the maul requires almost as much luck as it does technique and the Sharks used the tactic impressively in their qualifying final against the Highlanders in Durban.

“You have to be disciplined when you do defend against it. The mindset has to be to collectively stop it,” loosehead prop Crocket told The Press.

“Because once they get momentum it’s bloody hard to stop.”

The Crusaders used the maul in their match against the Highlanders in the final round three times so the tactic is becoming more and more common in Super Rugby.

However with experienced players in the Crusaders team such as Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Matt Todd and Crockett they are unlikely to be caught napping at their line out by the Sharks pack.

“You also have to have a couple of men standing on each side in case they do a wee eight-nine play off the tail of the maul. You need to have that shored-up,” said Crockett about defending the maul.

“The rest of us just have to get nice and low and go hard to try to stop the thing. You can do it. “

“But the big thing with stopping it is getting in there nice and early before they get any momentum.”

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