This session works on players reading the situation and not being afraid to give up ground as long as the tackle is made. Sometimes the tackler needs to accept that he cannot “win” the contact, but still needs to bring the ball carrier to ground effectively. MORE
Make players more aware of how and when to counter ruck.
- Put two cones about 5m apart and then two ruck-pad holders facing each other over the cones. Put two players in between them.
- On your go, the players drive into each pad. They should touch the cone with a hand just before impact to get the height right. They drive back the pads 1m before turning and driving into the next.
- Repeat four times, before swapping roles.
- Set up two pairs of players as in the middle picture. Put a fifth player in the middle of the box. Get him to jog around before shouting the colour of one of the pairs.
- Have the fifth player go to ground and present the ball to the pair called, who form a protective shield over the prone player.
- Then shout for the other pair to come forward and try to ruck these players off the ball.
- Set up three attackers about 5m from their line against four defenders. Have one more attacker stand by his own try line. > Set off the attack. The try line attacker can only join in after 15 seconds have gone.
- Play normal rugby rules, and encourage the defence to win back the ball and score at the other end.
- Get low and square before driving into the ruck. Stay on your feet.