In this exercise position 3 pad holding units, or 1 or 2 players, five meters in front of 3 rucking units, 1 unit facing each pad. Two players on each pad will provide a little more support for the pad holder - this is useful when a smaller player on the pad may be facing a larger/heavier ball carrier, or an aggressive rucking unit.
There should be one scrum half and only the first rucking group should have a ball. Get started as soon as you can (but don't forget to make sure that the pad holder is holding the pad correctly and that everyone is working hard, but staying safe) - just let the players do what they will, you can refine their rucking roles and the level of execution as the exercise continues.
The first rucking unit should hit the first pad, the scrum half will pass the ball to the second unit which hits the second pad, the scrum half passes the ball to the third unit, which hits the third pad. The other pads and the rucking units realign and get ready to go again. Once the third unit has finished their ruck, the scrum half passes the ball back to the second unit and so on. The exercise should stay live for as long as you need, and be action packed.
Please don't have players standing around for too long, everyone should have something to do - and they should be involved! Enjoy.
Pad holder should hold the pad safely, two hands - one on each strap. Ball carrier hits in low, driving up.
The ball should be carried away from the pad holder, and their supporting player - if there is one.
Support should be there quickly to clear out any danger around the ruck. However, think about what you're trying to achieve - should support go beyond the ruck? Remember the laws of rucking, and when the ruck is over.
The placement of the ball on the ground, it should be fast and controlled. Give the scrum half targets e.g. 3 seconds to get the ball away.
Lots of communication, get the scrum half to talk throughout the ruck - if the players are not talking then there is too much opportunity for confusion around the rucking area.
Talk should help define roles. Players need to play what they see, not what they expect to see.
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.
Player 1 runs out with ball but player 2 has stepped up to meet them halfway.
Player 1 drives into player 2 - goes two steps before then going to ground.
Player 2 steps over the player on the ground, picks up the ball and runs on to be met by player 3 who takes the next contact.
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.
"It is not only useful for staff who are experienced but a valuable tool for those subject staff who have to take teams."
The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
As we enter the business end of the competition, we take a look at the remaining eight teams and the key talking points surrounding each side.
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