On the coach's call players with the ball run into contact with the pad, next go to ground and finally roll over protecting the ball.
Hit hard drive and focus on good footwork.
Condition the drill in favour of 1 team, in this case the blue team.
All players lay on their fronts behind the tackle bags. On the coaches whistle, the 2 teams move to contest possession.
The blue players can move straight over the bag to contest, but only the 1st red player can do the same. The other 2 red players have to run round the cones before moving in to counter ruck.
Have 3 or more pad holders, this depends on how many rucking units you wish to have and how many players you have at training - but work hard to keep every player busy and active.
The 3 pad holder should be about 5 meters back from the rucking units, and they should be holding the pads safely.
Players should work in groups of 2, and there will be 1 scrum half. Only one ball is needed as the scrum half will move the ball from unit to unit.
Get the players moving quickly, and tell the players the following....
The scrum half should move the ball from unit to unit, and the units/pads should reposition themselves for the next line of attacks. Keep the action going, and don't forget to change the players on the pads.
Groups of 4 and two groups of defenders with contact pads. 1 ball per group.
4 blue players must try and defend with shields two gates from the attacking red team.
The ball carrying player must meet the defending players and then go to ground and place the ball. Once this has been done the attacking side must form bind together and ruck the shields out of the way - to 'come through the gate'.
The final red player to come through collects the ball and runs anti-clockwise to the next gate and the next set of defenders to repeat the drill.
The two original defenders must now move to defend the other side of the grid.
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