Make players more aware of how and when to counter ruck. MORE
What next – roles and responsibilities
Make sure your players focus on their roles. They need to know what they will do once the set piece has finished or a ruck has been won and lost.
Improve your team’s continuity of possession and defence by helping them to think ahead.
- Set up three “rucks” with cones with a ball at the back of each “ruck”, as in the top picture.
- Split your players in groups of six or seven. Get them to run to the first ruck, with a couple of players “rucking” over the ball, and then pass it out. Then have them move to the next ruck and do the same thing.
- Ask them to consider who should be rucking and who should be passing.
- Count down the release of the ball from each ruck to help them find their positions.
- Split into attack and defence of at least seven a side. Put five players from each team in the smaller box.
- Throw the ball to one team and they have to get to the other end of the box. If they are stopped by a ruck, then they have to pass the ball out into the larger box.
- Play full contact and stop on infringements.
- Perform your primary role, which might be winning the ball or defending the ruck.
- Know what happens next and get into position to make a difference at the earliest possible moment.
- Listen and look as you move from the last situation.