Though you want to avoid defenders, sometimes you will have to take contact. Develop ways to retain possession at the ruck and after by keeping the ball carrier active in the tackle. Defences will aim to force turnovers if the ball carrier can’t release a pass. If the ball carrier works hard to twist, turn and spin during the tackle, they will become less of a target. MORE
Low man rucks
Three cones in a one-metre line.
What you get your players to do
Put two players touching distance apart, with the cones acting as a midpoint. The players battle to have their hips past the cones while staying on their feet. Allow five seconds. If the players collapse, then restart.
The players keeping square – shoulders and hips in line. Short steps. Driving up, not down – eyes looking forward.
Start the players on their fronts. Start the players in press up position (front support). Put a ball inbetween the players which must not be touched.
Swap over players rather working in the same pairs for too long.