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Ruck defence organiser and the two-step call
Get your players to quickly react to their roles and who they are marking, plus get off the line quickly with these ruck defence warm-up exercise.
At rucks, defenders have to cover the sides of the ruck and read what’s in front of them. The two-step call helps the players come forward powerfully from the defensive line.
- Line up eight defenders on the try line, and four ruck pad holders and a 9 on the 22m line.
- Call out a colour.
- The first two defenders run to the coloured cones called out, and go to ground, representing the tackler and the player going for the ball.
- The next two defenders take up a position either side of the cones, acting as guards, while the other defenders match up according to the position of the ruck-pad holders.
- The four ruck pad holders spread either side of the cones, while the 9 puts the ball down.
- The 9 either passes the ball away, in which case, the defenders come forward, and the outside defenders make contact with the ruck pads.
- Or, if the 9 thinks the “guards” are not looking after the space at the side of ruck, he runs himself.
- Develop by removing the ruck pads, adding more attackers and using grab tackles.
- Come up off the line together – use the “two-step” call. This gives then a powerful go-forward.
- Communicate who’s covering which opposition player.
- Make sure the “guards” protect the channel at the side of the ruck.