EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Smack and grab

This is a high-intensity, physical session that works on ruck and tackle contest techniques. It encourages players to work hard in support and when they are fatigued. Poor technique will be easily recognised.

ACTIVITY

  1. ŒA ball carrier weaves through the middle cones and drives into the pad before going to ground
  2. The other two supporters go around the wide cones, clear the pad, gather the ball and begin an attack in the opposite direction

DEVELOPMENT

  1. ŒGet two attackers to clear a ruck pad held low over the ball
  2. Once cleared, another pair come through and repeat, with the first pair recovering their positions

GAME SITUATIONS

  1. Game 1: 3 v 2 Full contact, rotate one player every minute.
  2. Game 2: 4 v 6 (defensive overload) with no more than three defenders in any ruck. Swap two players every two minutes

 

HOW TO DO IT

ACTIVITY

  • In a 5m square, put three attackers, one with a ball, between two ruck-pad holders.
  • The ball carrier steps in and out of the middle cones before driving into the ruck pad holder, going to ground and presenting the ball.
  • The other two attackers run around the cones at the side and then run to clear the ruck pad holder out before retrieving the ball. They turn and repeat.
  • Work for at least a minute before swapping pad holders for attackers.

DEVELOPMENT

  • In groups of five get two attackers to run around the cones and then around to clear a ruck pad holder who has the pad over the ball.
  • The first attacker must get very low and drive the pad holder back.
  • Once successful, the second pair come in while the first pair recover and reset.
  • Work for at least a minute before swapping the ruck pad holder.

GAME SITUATIONS

  • Split into groups of five. Play a 3v2 attacking overload in the 10m x 5m box. Every infringement or try means both groups return to the end of their box to restart. Rotate one attacker and defender every one minute.
  • In the 10m square play the same, but as a 4v6 defensive overload. Do not allow more than three defenders into each ruck.
  • Swap two attackers and defenders every two minutes.

TECHNIQUE

  • Attack the contact area head-on, whatever angle you approach it .
  • Stay low, stay on your feet and stay active through the contact area.

 

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