The players need to “thunder” into the ruck – powerful and quick – when they identify that is their role. Any delay can mean slow ball or a turnover.
Reduce the thinking time for players so they can execute rucking under pressure.
Put three attackers on each side of the ruck pads on the ground, and two ruck-pad holders about 3m in front of them.
Throw the ball to one of the attackers who runs into the gap between the ruck-pad holders and goes to ground to present the ball. The other two players must clear out the pad holders before they can step over the ball.
Make sure the ruck-pad holders keep their pads low so the attackers have to drive in low.
Put three attackers and two defenders back-to-back in the middle of the playing area (box them off if that helps).
Throw the ball to one of the attackers. All the players turn and play. Allow one ruck or one maul. Play full contact. Stop on an infringement or try. Swap around attackers and defenders.
Add in more attackers and more defenders, but no more than 5 v 4.
Look ahead of the ball carrier and check for threats.
Better to be in strong body position and square than to race into the contact area.
Here’s a 30 minute upskill booster for either senior or junior players. It’s aimed to fit into your whole session. You’ve got 90 minutes at training. The first 10-15 minutes will be your warm-up. At the end, you will playing a game, plus add in some set-piece work. That leaves you with 30 minutes to... MORE
Help players practise the risk and reward elements of attempting to turnover the ball in the tackle area. It starts with good tackling and then decisions on whether to compete for the ball.
If the ball carrier is momentarily isolated, support players need to react quickly to secure the ball. MORE
Here are four great warm-up games to energise your players while working on skills and decision-making.
Notice that I'm keen to showcase player-led activities for warm-up games. This is a good chance to build more cohesion amongst the players, while you are still providing a certain amount of control on the direction of the session. MORE