This session works on players reading the situation and not being afraid to give up ground as long as the tackle is made. Sometimes the tackler needs to accept that he cannot “win” the contact, but still needs to bring the ball carrier to ground effectively. MORE
Rucking at your right height
Not all rucks are made the same and neither are the players. Especially in the forwards, the difference in height can mean they need to explore varied techniques. Here’s how…
Tall players (like locks) need to keep on their feet when it comes to driving into low rucks. Props can make use of their size to clear defenders past the ball.
- Put three attacking ruckers on their fronts in the middle of one side of the box.
- Have two ruck-pad holders in each box, just behind a ruck pad on the ground.
- Shout out a number between one and three, plus a colour.
- That number of ruckers get to their feet and run over the designated ruck pad before driving away the ruck pads.
- As the ruckers get to their feet, indicate with your arm whether you want the pad holders to either just move forward OR lean very low over the ruck pad in front of them.
- If they are normal height, the ruckers drive them back and out of the box.
- If they are very low, they just clear them back from the pad and stop.
- Develop by having three pairs of players scrummaging against each other.
- In a box next to them a player feeds an attacker and he’s tackled immediately.
- The scrummaging players break and aim to win or secure the ball.
- Arrive square and low over the ball.
- Stay on your feet as you drive through.