The back row needs to operate as a coordinated unit in defence, not three individuals. Use this session to develop their roles. From a scrum, each back row player has a different running line so they can cover initial attacks, a possible break and then defend around the ruck. MORE
Develop your players’ decision making at the post-tackle so they can steal the ball or prevent the ball from being stolen.
By using a points scoring system, the players start to understand the risk and reward elements of going for the ball at the tackle or driving over.
- Split into two teams of three players, numbered 1 to 6.
- Place the two ruck pads 0.5m apart with the ball between them – the pads represent tackled players presenting the ball to “their” side.
- Space the players equidistantly around the circle and have them jog around the circle.
- Call two numbers – one between 1 and 3, the other between 4 and 6.
- These two players contest for the ball between the pads. Players numbered 1-3 can only contest from one side of the pads, and 4-6 from the other.
- Jackle and win the ball – 3 points.
- Drive the attempted jackler off the ball – 2 points.
- Ruck the opponent and ruck past the ball – 1 point.
Develop by calling a second player from each team as support after a second of the initial call can use them as supporter players.
- Enter “through the gate”, behind the tackle’s back foot.
- Support weight on their feet if jackling.
- Get lower than the opponent if rucking.
- Stay on the feet at all times.