Make this 90-minute session part of your pre-season preparations. It develops your players’ phase play in four clear and easy steps – warm-up, technical skills, unit skills and tactics. MORE
VIDEO: Simple clear outs
Encourage your players to arrive square and low, driving up and forward into the ruck area. This exercise helps players work on low hips and leg drive, with short powerful steps. The extra pad on the ground promotes a more balanced stance in the drive.
- Put a ruck pad on the ground.
- Put a ruck-pad holder just over the pad, holding it low (and gripped around the front).
- A rucker arrives at the low pad, and drives over and beyond the pad.
Have the rucker start beside the pad on the ground or other angles to develop their ability to drive straight once they arrive at the ruck.
This exercise is only part of the full “clear out” of a threat over the ball. The next development would be to take away the pad from the holder.
- A wide low stance at contact.
- Drive in and then up, pumping the legs.
- Touch the ground with the hands before driving up to help find the right height.
- Don’t drive down, or crawl forward on the hands.
- Stay with the hips facing up the pitch.