- Jan 20, 2012
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It has always been the case that if the ball is dropped to the ground, the maul becomes a ruck. However the problem is if a player takes the ball to the ground, the mere fact that the ball may touch the ground should not be deemed to turn the maul into a ruck. That was my point - one I have been making since 1994 when they rescinded the turnover law for a ruck..
It is essential to interpret the phrase "the ball is on the ground" as referring to the ball alone when not in the grasp of the ball carrier.
Thanks for the clarification, we agree then, always did seemingly.
It was when you said
without mentioning a dropped ball exception, that I took you to mean always/ for ANY reason, seems not.If the ball goes to ground in a maul and is not playable, as far as I am concerned it is an unsuccessful end to a maul.
Strange, because this whole thread has been about the incident where the ball was dropped, so I merely thought it was that incident we were talking about, least I was.