In this plan we aim to improve the quality of your team's rucking to avoid giving away penalties - working on binding, solid rucking and coming through the gate.
To ensure your players join from the 'hindmost' foot of the last player we've created this session to make sure your players run through the gate, before joining the ruck and then focus on driving over the ball.
The faster your players are able to form the ruck, the more likely it is they will win back the ball and avoid a scrum situation.
What's in the session?
Due to the physical element of rucking it can be quite a dangerous skill to learn. To make this training accessible and safe for players of all ages and abilities we start off slowly, looking at the technique of going to ground in order to best protect the ball and avoid injury before moving into some tackle bag drills, finishing the session with a challenging conditioned overload game where players must drive through the cones (the gate) in order to win possession.
As you work step by step through this session you'll build ruck-confidence in your players that they can take with them into their next match.
Technique Focus - Stay safe and stay in possession:
The ruck is an effective way to maintain the ball after a player on your side has been tackled. It can involve one or more players from each team who are in physical contact around the ball on the ground. However, because both sides are looking to win possession it's important your team are well technically drilled so that they don't injure themselves, they can form the ruck quickly and they don't give away a penalty.
Instil confidence and tackle toughness into your players with this tackling from the front, side and back session! Build their knowledge of the benefits of tackling and how different type of tackle can determine the way the phase plays out.
Get your team the fastest and most agile out there. As the season deepens, we all need to stay on top of our game; make sure every position is covered with this intense drill.
Teach your team to ruck safely, effectively and quickly. By going 'through the gate' you'll avoid giving away penalties and encourage better binding
Create a resolution to develop your coaching confidence by seizing the opportunity to discover new drills, turn ideas into action and seek advice from the coaching community.
Don't find yourself having to regain fitness when you get back to sport after the Christmas break. Keep on top of your exercise plans now and give yourself a head start next year!
Losing is inevitable and it's how we deal with it that will help us to grow as coaches and improve our team's performance.