At the breakdown, many defensive teams concentrate a great deal of effort on scanning then spoiling the tackle area before the attacking half-back gets his hands on the ball. Top-tier New Zealand sides use a simple but very effective method of sealing the tackle ball and giving their 9 a line of defence from the would-be spoilers. MORE
Better ruck decision making
From Rugby Coach Weekly
Don’t waste your ruck bullets. Make sure your players know when to “shoot” at the ruck, and when to leave it alone. Start the process by making them understand when and where the threat to the ruck is going to happen, so they can judge what the best action is.
Why use it
You want enough players to win quick ball without compromising your chances to launch effective counter attacks.
A 10m square, two ruck pads and a ball.
How to do it
Put a feeder (F) and receiver (BC) 5m apart, with a tackler (T) 2m in front of BC. Put support players A1 and A2 inside and outside BC and a ruck pad holder either side of T, acting as inside and outside defenders. F passes to BC who takes on T (see picture 1). Indicate whether you want one, two or no ruck pad holders to come in over the ball. A1 and A2 then decide whether they need to come in to take out their respective defender (see picture 2). If no defender comes in, then A1 comes in to clear the ball to A2 (see picture 3). Develop by changing the starting points of defenders and supporters and removing one or both of the ruck pads from the holders.
- Good placement essential from BC. Ideally he falls and presents away from the inside defender (so his backside is facing that defender).
- A1 and A2 run “L-shaped” lines to be able to square up to go through the tackle gate to clear out any defender
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