EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Hitting the wall (of noise)

Focus on man-to-man marking, so the attack feels like it is running into a wall of defenders. It requires good footwork and working with the other defenders to make sure there are no holes in that wall.

ACTIVITY

  1. A defender comes forward to drive back a ruck-pad holder
  2. He must aim to drive in at hip height or below

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Defenders cover the ruck-pad holders until they move forward
  2. Ruck-pad holders wander about the edge of the box, before you get them to come forward. They aim to get over the line that the defenders are standing on

GAME SITUATION

  1. ŒShout out which ball for the 9 to use
  2. The defenders come into the box to stop the attack scoring over their try line
  3. ŽUse full tackling, but not rucks or mauls

CHALLENGE

Make the defence so connected, that there’s no way through.

HOW TO DO IT

ACTIVITY

  • Split into pairs, or small groups, with one player holding a ruck pad. Put the ruck pad holder 2m away from a defender in a 1m wide channel.
  • On your call, the two come forward and the defender executes a driving tackle at hip height or below into the ruck-pad holder. Swap roles.
  • Develop by making the ruck pad holder step further back, forcing the defender to change shoulders to make the contact.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Put three defenders at one end of a 10m x 2m box, with three ruck-pads holders wandering around at the other end (or just outside).
  • When you shout “GO” the ruck-pad holders try to get over the end where the defenders are.

GAME SITUATION

  • Put two pairs of defenders at the corner of 25m x 10m box with four attackers at the other end.
  • Get a 9 to run to a nominated ball at one edge of the box. As he runs to it, the defenders come through a 15m gate (use tackle tubes to mark the edges).
  • As soon as he can, the 9 passes the ball to the attackers, who aim to score where the defenders come from. Use full tackling and stop if a ruck/maul forms.

TECHNIQUE

  • Light on your feet before you make the tackle.
  • Same foot as shoulder to make the initial impact and then drive.
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