Develop your players’ decision making at the post-tackle so they can steal the ball or prevent the ball from being stolen. By using a points scoring system, the players start to understand the risk and reward elements of going for the ball at the tackle or driving over. MORE
VIDEO: Pocock clearouts
Be the lowest player at the ruck to secure the ball or turnover. No one does it better than Aussie flanker, David Pocock. Here’s how to coach your players to be more effective at the contact collision.
- Put a ruck-pad holder standing astride a tackle tube, keeping the pad low and angled down.
- Have two lines of players on their fronts about 3m away and 2m either side of the tackle tube.
- Call forward one of the players and he has to clear the ruck-pad holder backwards and finish in a strong position at the end. That means the player is then able to regain their feet, not rest on their hands.
- Keep rotating players.
- Develop by taking away the tackle tube and putting a ball just in front of the ruck-pad holder.
- The holder has to get very low.
Square the hips before driving through low.
- Get under the ruck pad.
- Keep driving forward, keeping the legs and arms active, with the chest on top of the tackle tube.
- Finish in a positive, strong position, ready to repel.
A SIMPLE GAME
Play a game of 5 v 5 touch rugby. When there’s a touch, the ball carrier goes to ground and presents the ball. The nearest attacker aims to win the space over the ball to protect it.
Any defender can challenge for the ball, but they must first put their chest on the ground before they go for the ball. Turnover the ball if the defender gets his hips beyond the ball when he drives through.
Further develop by moving to full contact rugby, with 1 v 1 rucks and no kicking.