Make sure your players take off when they arrive at the tackle contest – they should “land” first and then drive up. This activity will reinforce the correct technique and put your team on the front foot.
To be able to drive up from a low position, the arriving rucker must land his hands on the ground before bouncing up and forward powerfully.
Set up the tackle tube and ruck pads.
Put a player on top of the tube, and a ball in front of the pads.
Put a player about 5m away from the tube and pads and to the side.
He has to come towards this, turn, square up, and drive the tube backwards.
It will naturally bend, so he must maintain his feet and make a good bind to continue to push it backwards.
The player approaches the tube and squares up.
He dips down to “land”, going on his hands.
He then drives up and takes off.
Develop by having a player reaching over some ruck pads, so the incoming player has to get low and drive him back.
Land by putting the hands on the ground and driving up.
Keep working the feet to maintain balance and leg drive.
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