Using an inverted backline shape, your runners from a ruck can give the 9 more options to pick up the best-placed player to break the defensive line. An inverted three is a group of three players that line up so the furthest player is in front. All but the first player in the line can take the ball with a player in support to drive them out and away from the previous breakdown. It’s easy for the outside players to adjust their timing to support the first player if he’s the receiver. MORE
Choose the right contact option
When a ball carrier is close to the tackler, he needs his support players to give him information on what to do next. Work on this communication and contact skills with this rip-roaring session.
It enhances understanding of where and how the support can help the ball carrier, so improving continuity.
- In each box, put a ruck-pad holder either at the end, in the middle or near the front.
- Have a ball carrier and support player at the front, facing away.
- As they turn, they decide what to do next according to the proximity of the defender.
- They either take contact (“my rip”), make a quick pass (”pop”) or attack, draw and pass (“pass”).
- The support player helps the carrier make the right decision quickly.
- Keep swapping around the situations.
- Develop by putting three pad holders in the long box, at various intervals.
- Four attackers face away and when they turn, they react to the pad holders’ positions.
- The pad holders should walk forward slowly.
- Further develop both drills by removing the ruck pads.
- “My rip” – drive into the pad in a low, strong position, with ball on hip. Support player rips down, around and out.
- Aim to get to the edge of the ruck pad (or defender), not the middle.