Using an inverted backline shape, your runners from a ruck can give the 9 more options to pick up the best-placed player to break the defensive line. An inverted three is a group of three players that line up so the furthest player is in front. All but the first player in the line can take the ball with a player in support to drive them out and away from the previous breakdown. It’s easy for the outside players to adjust their timing to support the first player if he’s the receiver. MORE
VIDEO: Tackle, recover, ruck warm-up
Use this activity to help players recover quickly from their tackle and then drive over the nearest threat to create a turnover opportunity. It is ideally used as a warm-up to more contact in and around the contact area.
- Put a ruck-pad holder behind a ruck pad and ball.
- Have a defender stand at right angles to the pad holder, ready to fall forward onto the pad.
- Have them fall forward and then recover their feet to drive back the pad holder.
- Another player races around to recover the ball.
- Keep rotating, with players potentially racing to see who is back on their feet the quickest.
- The “defender” makes a tackle on a ball carrier, with both players on one knee.
- Have another ruck-pad holder challenging the second player.