Not all rucks are made the same and neither are the players. Especially in the forwards, the difference in height can mean they need to explore varied techniques. Here’s how… MORE
VIDEO: Ruck ball placement – skills zone
Build up the techniques for better ball presentation in this ball placement skills zone activity. The players develop their understanding through walking through, then increasing the pressure with defenders.
- Put a ball carrier about 5m away from a defender.
- The ball carrier jogs forward, and then falls to the ground to present the ball when they are touched by the defender.
- They then present the ball. In this case, they are using the “jack knife” technique, the most common outcome from the tackle.
- Keep rotating the players through the exercise.
- Check for technique, and once the players are comfortable, repeat the exercise, but now the defender tries to grab the ball. The ball carrier has to manipulate the ball to reduce the chances for the defender to grab it (jackle).
- Fall forward, shoulders up the pitch.
- Two hands on the ball when falling.
- Hold the ball tight to the chest, twist towards your own try line.
- Place the ball back with two hands.
Play a game of touch rugby. If the ball carrier is touched, then they have to pass. If they are touched by two defenders, then they have to go to ground and present the ball.
If a defender can touch the ball on the ground, coming from an onside position, within two seconds then it is a turnover.