Rucking & Mauling

Your man, my man

in Defence, Rucking & Mauling, Rugby drills

Use this simple defence activity to help defenders work in pairs, while giving one defender more responsibility than the other. By Dan Cottrell WHY USE IT This puts emphasis on taking responsibility for tackling. You can run this as a full tackling session or just “grab” tackling. SET UP A 10m square containing a 1m... MORE

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Twist and turn

in Rucking & Mauling, Small-sided games

Many rugby matches are won and lost in the last 5 metres. Slow possession in this part of the field leads to rucks and mauls where there is no way through in front, but space at the edges. This game works on close quarter gains in this area. MORE

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in Rucking & Mauling, Scrums & Lineouts

A quick ruck is only worthwhile if you can make something of it. This ultra competitive game creates situations where a slow ruck needs to be followed by a quick ruck and fast hands. MORE

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8 balling

in Rucking & Mauling, Small-sided games

From a scrum, your 8 can run into the opposition backline to create quick ball as the defence retreats. This full on game situation will test your players’ timing and body angles, as well as their ability to move the ball quickly as space becomes available. MORE

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Maul demons

in Rucking & Mauling, Small-sided games

Working on better body positions and good leadership, this game tests the forwards’ ability to adapt from attack to defence. The change over elements replicate many aspects of a catch and drive from a lineout. MORE

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The rock

in Rucking & Mauling, Small-sided games

Working on body positions in the close contact area, this session concentrates on creating go forward ball. Because of the static start and closeness of the overloaded defence, the premium is on good leg drive, communication and staying on the feet. MORE

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