Set up two defenders holding hit shields opposite two even lines of players.
The ball starts with the first man in one of the lines, he runs towards the defender, hits the hit shield and goes down to present the ball. The player behind him in the line clears the defender off the ball and the third player in the line passes the ball off the floor to the first player in the other line who is running onto the pass and runs at the defender.
The players from the first line join the back of their line. The player who has received the pass hits the hit shield, goes to ground and presents the ball towards his team.
The second player clears out the defender, and the third player passes the ball off the floor to the first player in the other line.
Players switch roles after each repetition, and should switch lines to practice passing in both directions of the floor.
Long/Pencil present - presenting the ball as if they are parallel to the side line instead of perpendicular. They should be on their stomachs with their feet towards the defending side, and the ball presented over the head with two hands towards their support players
Ruck clearing technique
Passing off the floor:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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