Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it's much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground. MORE
Ruck defence: Who’s marking who?
With the breakdown such a contentious area and laws favouring the attack, organised defence is vital. The breakdown is the start point for defence so it can dominate the attack. The easiest and most obvious place to attack is immediately around the ball after a tackle. By using this activity you can cut down easy attacking metres and set a solid foundation for defending.
- Players move to the numbered tackle tubes as directed by your call.
- The first two to arrive always go to the far side of the tube, the next two to the near side, the next two to the far side and the last player to the near side. The ruck is now covered by three players one side, four on the other.
- Note how the players nearest the tube (the “guard”) head a shallow V-shape and stand a foot behind the back foot of the ruck. Once organised, blow a whistle to signal the ball being picked up/passed.
- They immediately move forward to react to this before being given another tube to run to.
- Continue the drill for 60-90 seconds.
- Call and look when moving into position.
- Use a dynamic stance to come forward – lower closer to the ruck