Even when your players run predictable lines, there are still going to be occasions when they need to support the tackled player when they least expect it. This session works on this part of the game. If the ball carrier is momentarily isolated, support players need to react quickly to secure the ball. MORE
Ruck attack decision-making sessions
Once players have worked on the technical aspects of rucking, you want to improve their decision-making.
First, here are three technical activities to use:
For a four session/week curriculum for rucks, try:
Ideally, you want to avoid rucks, passing the ball before contact, in contact or off the ground. However, if the players can’t do this, then there are decisions on:
- How to win the ruck
- How many players to go into the ruck
Here are four activities you can use to make up your ruck decision-making session.
- For individual decision making at the ruck: VIDEO: Ruck decisions 2 v 2
- To work on support roles and lines of running: Scramble rucks
- To put that into a more game-related scenario, with a low-pressure introduction and then into a full contact situation: What next – roles and responsibilities
- For a more fitness-based activity where the players are making technical and tactical decisions when they are tired: Ruck fatigue