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Use this scenario to develop the players' awareness of defenders coming from different angles, while adjusting running lines to support the ball carrier. MORE
Players entering the ruck don’t always have a clear approach run. Watch our video and then practise the high-low-up “scoop” technique needed to negotiate a player lying on the ground.
Rucking after avoiding a tackler who has rolled over on the wrong side.
Go from high (over the post protector) to low to high to drive out the ruck pads.
Play a game of ruck touch. This means that when an attacker is touched, he goes to ground and presents the ball using a “jack knife” technique (twisting the upper body sharply so it’s at 90 degrees to the player’s legs).
The tackler has to go to ground as well, but can lie on top of the tackled player or roll over him onto the attacking side.
One other defender can then challenge for the ball, while two attackers can clear out.