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Simple ruck and drive skills
Use this series of exercises to build up simple skills for rucking. It starts with low impact techniques before upping the level of contact in a breakdown contest.
Contact needs careful management. Skills should be honed before they are put into bone-on-bone situations.
- A player bear crawls over 5m.
- From this low position, they drive into a ruck-pad holder and force them back.
- Then, put a ball on the ground.
- The pad holder crouches down next to it, hovering the pad over it. They keep a gap between the pad and the ball for the clearer to get into.
- The clearer again drives the pad holder away, staying low.
- Once perfected, mark out a tackle gate with cones.
- Put two players on their front at right angles to the gate.
- On your call, they move to opposite ends of the gate in press-up position so they both arrive with no pace to drive the other person off the ball.
- 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.
NOTE The ruck-pad holder could wrap their arms around the top of the pad and so encourage the attacker to go lower.