A stationary defender will invariably lose the battle of the gain line. However, this defender can stop a powerful ball carrier who’s running directly at him by soaking up the force with a wrap tackle. Here’s how... MORE
Target the ball at a ruck
U13–U16 | CONTACT 5
Gets your players to concentrate on clearing the ruck and driving over the ball
- Place three cones 4m apart. Put a ruck pad holder and a defender 2m behind and 2m to the side of each cone.
- Put four attackers with a ball on the first cone. Their aim is to clear the three rucks accurately and ensure they protect and drive beyond the ball.
- The ball carrier goes into the first pad and goes to ground. The next two players clear the pad and the defender next to it. The last player picks up the ball and carries it to the next pad and the players repeat.
- Develop by increasing the intensity of the challenge for the ball by the defenders.
You will need
- 3 balls
- 3 cones
- 3 ruck pads
Got more players?
Line up more groups of four attackers ready to come on. Rotate the defenders regularly.
What to tell your players
“Drive into the contact area”
“Stay low in contact”
“Protect the ball”