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maul vs ruck

I want my team to stay up when heading into contact and have support there immediately to form a quick maul and get the ball out quick. Our backs are very fast, and I want them to get the ball as much as possible. Am I right in thinking this way?

yes but not all the time. Do not tire out your players.

I agree - no point 'going wide' immediately if there is little chance of breaking through (though it is also great that the backs are gaining mauling skills too). 

Why not consider setting up/controlling a couple of breakdowns close to your powerbase (forwards) to suck in the opposition before moving the ball wide? This would give your (speedy) backs more room to shine - and possibly/probably an overlap?

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