Use this ruck scenario builder to develop heads-up attack and defence. Defenders have to match up, deciding whether to stay in the ruck or defend other threats. The attack has to win the ruck and the decide how and where to attack. The messy start means that plans have to adjust quickly. MORE
Clearing out at contact
Ruck pads, balls and cones.
WHAT YOU GET THE PLAYERS TO DO
Practice bear crawls over 10m. From this low position, instruct one player to hold a ruck pad very low to the ground and the other player drives him back (see picture 1).
Then put a ball on the ground. The pad holder crouches down next to the ball, hovering the pad over the ball. Essentially, he keeps a gap between the pad and the ball for the clearer to get into. The clearer again drives him away, staying low (see picture 2).
A good flat back. Dropping the centre of gravity by bending the knees and not the back. Chin up looking forward through the top of the eyes. Aiming to get under the opponent and stay low to drive him back.
Mark out a tackle gate with cones. Put two players on their fronts at right angles to the gate. On your call, they move to opposite ends of the gate staying very low to the ground so that they both arrive at the ball with no pace to drive the other person off the ball (see picture 3).
Develop good core strength through lots of grappling, wrestling and judo activities.