EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Thunder rucking

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.

ACTIVITY

 

  1. Put three attackers on each side of the ruck pads on the ground, and two ruck-pad holders about 3m in front of them.

  1. 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.
  2. Make sure the ruck-pad holders keep their pads low so the attackers have to drive in low.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Put three attackers and two defenders back-to-back in the middle of the playing area (box them off if that helps).
  2. 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.
  3. Add in more attackers and more defenders, but no more than 5 v 4.

TECHNIQUE

  • 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.
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