The maul is a dynamic contact situation which occurs mostly from lineouts. There are lots of “coach” theories on how to set up and drive forward from a maul, some of which you might use. Now add the science to help you work out what works best for you. MORE
Busy bees: Keep-ball rucking
Though you want to avoid defenders, sometimes you will have to take contact. Develop ways to retain possession at the ruck and after by keeping the ball carrier active in the tackle.
Defences will aim to force turnovers if the ball carrier can’t release a pass. If the ball carrier works hard to twist, turn and spin during the tackle, they will become less of a target.
- Set up the players as in the picture above.
- Roll the ball in to one of the two zones (say zone A). The middle players are always on the attacking team so must get behind the ball.
- The players in the zone where the ball doesn’t go become defenders.
- The four attackers keep the ball until they score, either with or without contact.
- After each attack, rotate the players one place clockwise. (Use two-hand touch tackling to start with).
- Widen or restrict the channels to encourage more passing, or more contact.
- Add one more player at both ends so it becomes 5 v 3.
- Attackers need to use whatever width is available. At least one player in the attack must provide depth – a “get out of jail” pass from the ball carrier.
- If contact occurs, the nearest two attackers must immediately support – an offload, or a two-man ruck.