The low tackle is the best way to neutralise mismatches in size and power. It relies on a tackler closing down space to restrict the attacker’s speed and momentum – use this scoring game to get it right. MORE
Brace, brace, brace
Use this session to maintain a low body position and brace the shoulder when moving into contact. By Ian Diddams
- Three attackers lie on the ground in front of a tight diamond of four defenders
- Each defender is hugging a ruck pad, with a ball at the point of the diamond
- The first attacker drives into the front ruck pad
- The next attacker picks up the ball and drives into one of the side defenders
- The ball carrier then goes to ground once you call “RUCK”
- The next attacker drives into the front ruck pad. The other defenders move around to reform the diamond while attack advances
Use a safe and strong upper body to win the contact.
5m squares. One ball. Ruck pads.
HOW TO DO IT
- Three attackers lie on their front outside the square.
- Four defenders hugging ruck pads form a tight diamond at the front of the square with a ball at the point.
- The first attacker stands and clears the first defender from the ball
- The second attacker picks up the ball and drives a side defender back.
- The third attacker calls “RUCK” and drives a defender back.
- Attackers then pick, drive and clear in turn while remaining inside the square.
- Defenders must work back to keep a tight diamond and act individually.
- Attackers score on opposite side.
- Play 5v5 full rugby in a 10m square.
- Attackers get two minutes to score as many tries as possible then swap over.
- Attacking knock-ons or in touch are a reset start. Defensive penalties are a penalty try.
- Chin off chest.
- Eyes up.
- Contact with shoulder.
- Full bind and grip on defender with a short arm contact (elbow close to body).
- Ball on the hip opposite contact shoulder.