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Driving to the edges
Work on attacking the edges of the ruck defence. That means not attacking next to the ruck, but the area often less well-defended two players out.
Normal ruck defence is set with two defenders close to the ruck. Attack outside these players.
- Put two ruck-pad holders as defenders close to the side of the tackle tube. Put a feeder by the tube with two attackers lined up outside the two pad holders.
- Have the ball fed to the attackers who attack just outside the ruck pads, driving forward about a metre before going to ground to present and protect the ball.
- The players then get up and reposition to attack from the other side. Continue for four goes before swapping roles.
- Take away one of the ruck pads or add one more defender. Now the support player has to work harder to protect the ball carrier.
- Put two defenders each side of the tackle tube and four attackers on the other side, as in the middle picture. The defenders cannot move into the 3m areas at the side of the channels until the first pass is made.
- Use full tackling and play until there is an infringement, the ball is turned over, or when the attack make significant progress up the channel (say at least 5m).
- Attack close to the gain line and outside the first two ruck defenders.
- Drive into the space between defenders with close support to recycle the ball quickly.