In Lockdown planning: Quick ruck ball sessions, we focused on applying pressure on the defence. Now, let's plan for the other side of the ball. France's defence coach, Shaun Edwards says that it is his main metric for success: slowing down ruck possession. To enhance learning, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this. MORE
Back pocket session: Tackle ball gauntlet
Use this session to get your players tackling in a competitive environment. Quick to set up, it’s part of our back pocket favourites, activities you can use to re-energise your session.
This game really gets the team spirit and competition juices flowing and can bring out a number of coachable points, or just be played for fun to re-energise the session. It can really help develop decision making, the need to compete for the ball, defend under pressure and develop evasive play.
- Position players on opposite sides of the channel, in numbered pairs, facing each other on their fronts (or facing away from the channel if it’s wet).
- Punt, throw or roll a ball into the channel and at the same time call a number of one of the pairs.
- They get to their feet quickly and race to compete for the ball.
- The player that wins the ball must then turn and look to score a try back on the try line.
- They might have to wrestle or rip the ball before carrying on.
- One point for a try and one point if the defensive player stops the attack by tackling the attacker, or drives him into touch.
- Get to the feet fast – driving the hips from the ground to bring both feet up and under the body – like standing from a “burpee”.
- Positioning so as to push the attacker across to one touchline.
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