Help players understand when and how to run onto the pass to create pace into your game and crucially, better go-forward. MORE
Push, punch, break
Replicate game situations where forwards have to ruck and handle in quick succession, with a degree of decision-making. It needs the simple things done well.
Forwards often have to mix contact and handling skills in a short space of time. Challenge them to move quickly from skill to skill.
- Set up six attackers, three ruck-pad holders and four other defenders in boxes.
- Make three players clear the ruck-pad holders out of their box, releasing the ball for the next three attackers who have to punch through the two defenders in the adjacent box.
- Finally, once through this box, they have to beat the final two defenders who come forward once the attack enters the wide box. Use full contact tackling.
- Only work on one element at a time, or two together.
- Swap starting points to create different angles.
- Make the first box a tackle and ruck box (take away the pads).
- Put four defenders and six attackers in a 20m box, with one attacker 2m from the defenders.
- When you shout “go”, the first attacker must aim to beat the defence. He cannot offload the ball.
- Once a ruck forms the attack can only score without resorting to another ruck.
- Using strong body positions, clear ruck pads, drive ball through defence and beat defenders.
- Maintain good go forward.
- Get yourself back into the game quickly from the previous situation.