Most ball placement drills are carried out without opposition – which isn’t realistic. To ensure your players learn the right shapes, use this low-impact session on the “jack knife” technique. MORE
Simple rucking confidence
Improve your players’ confidence to ruck more effectively by using tackle tubes to help shape their body profile through the ruck process.
- Players line up opposite a tackle tube on the ground
- It is a very low target, so the player has to push parallel to the ground Arms are used for balance and on the side of the tube, not for pushing
- The rucker pushes the tube 3m then steps away and the player opposite pushes the tube back
- Develop by using three players to each tube, with a ball by the tube
- The first player drives the tube back, while the second retrieves the ball and passes it onto the next player who takes the ball at pace
WHY USE IT
The ruck seems a simple exercise in getting over a tackled player and securing the placement of the ball but use of intelligent aggression is also key to bringing about the desired result (i.e. quick ball).
- Work in groups of three.
- Place a tackle tube between two cones 3m apart.
- Players start 3m from the tube (see picture 1).
HOW TO DO IT
- Players push the tube from cone to cone using a shoulder with arms grabbing its edges (see picture 2).
- Once they have reached the second cone, the player at the other end runs in and pushes the tube back in the opposite direction.
- Once players have gone through this three times, place a ball on the right of the tackle tube.
- The first player drives the tube away but leaves the ball. The next player passes to a third player who takes the ball at pace to score a try (see picture 3).
- Body height at the ruck is essential: Players need to push forward and not downward to make the tubes move.