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
Win the ruck with just one player
Winning a ruck with just one player is a great way to maximise numbers post contact. In open spaces, this is a top skill to develop to retain quick ball and play again.
Attacking away from congested areas, this is an ideal way to keep quick ball going. It’s also a good individual skill for normal rucks too.
- Place ruck pads and players as in the picture. Players lie either side of the pad.
- On your command, players contest a 1v1 ruck. The winner is the first player to drive over the ball.
- Ensure players move from a prone position, to all fours, to a three-point stance to enable them to move quickly and powerfully.
- Next, players face each other across the box.
- Teams pass a ball between themselves until you call which ruck pad to run to.
- When the letter is called, the players in possession of a ball drop it and contest a ruck at that pad.
- Two teams of three start by passing a ball between them. Give each team a colour.
- When you call that colour, that team’s ball carrier enters the box with a team mate along with two of the other team.
- If a tackle is made, then there is a 1v1 ruck. No passing is allowed. Once the ruck has finished, players leave the box and return to their starting positions.
- Low body positions.
- Contact with the shoulder.
- Driving low to high.
- Continuous small, driving steps.