Develop handling decision-making skills where the attack faces different defensive pictures and have different supporting options coming through. The players will have to look ahead, read where best to support the ball carrier and finally, clearly communicate where they are in relation to the ball carrier. MORE
Baby Black ruck decision making
Make quick, accurate decisions at the ruck with the role of the first support player based on the incoming threat from the nearest defender.
The first support player has to judge the tackle situation to decide on his role. This is best trained through game-like activities where there are lots of possible outcomes.
- Start with a 2 v 2 in a small box.
- The pairs face each other about 1.5m apart, passing the ball back and forth.
- Shout “go” and the ball carrier runs forward to the outside of his opposite number not between the two defenders. The defender makes a leg tackle. It is then a race over the ball.
- Depending on how dominant the tackle is, the attacker in support has to make decisions on how he is going to secure the ball.
- To develop this, change the starting position and timing of the support players, so that the tackle is made further away from these players.
- By varying the distance, it becomes a different race.
- Now, with players coming in from different angles, you can see how well they are squaring up.
- Change starting positions of the players.
- Supporters are further away from the tackle and coming in at different angles.
- Check to see how well they are squaring up.
- Bind onto the ball carrier if he isn’t on the ground.
- Square up over the ball.
- Go high to low to drive through JUST before contact.