Develop your players’ ability to work in pairs in attack to beat defenders or offload under pressure to a support player. A great skills breakout for Ready4Rugby training. The ball carrier should always aim to go forward first and then beat the defender in front of him. If he can’t then he should be aware of his support players and offload the ball before or during contact. MORE
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.