How you can banish common mistakes defending the ruck
SESSION OF THE WEEK: Defensive Line Speed, Organisation and Ruck Defence
Improve your team's understanding and performance when defending at the ruck - teaching them to defend as an aggressive, loud and confident unit
In groups of 2 they will attack, passing the ball before they reach each unique cone, so when they have passed in front of a cone - that cone is no longer unique and they can move beyond it.
Following their pass they must realign, taking steps back to get ready to come onto the next pass.
They keep going until they finish the entire grid.
When one group is at least two cones ahead, the next group can go.
All passes must be legal.
Place a defender at the first cone, having them move back one each time. Even by staying static - they will apply pressure to the attack.
Increase the distance between the cones, increasing the length of the pass.
Make all the passes flat, for the attackers to run onto.
Increase the number of player in the attack to three, this will mean quicker hands.
Don't feel that you have to focus on all of the following coaching points, you may have your own. Select the points that most closely match your overall training and session goals.
The tempo of this exercise must be high as a skill is only a skills when it can be preformed under pressure, and this exercise applies pressure. There is no point in pushing the tempo of this exercise beyond the ability of the players to meet their targets.
Ball carriers work a speed they are initially comfortable with, building more in more speed and faster decision making as they go - while retaining passing quality.
Passes are weighted correctly in terms of speed, distance, and accuracy. Spin passes are not used when they do not need to be. But if needed - they are.
The ball carrier uses effective, efficient, and encouraging communication to ensure that they receive the ball when they want it - and to ensure that they have enough time and space to make their pass.
Players should aim to get into a rhythm - they need to loosen up and establish a tempo.
Players should feel that the next pass and catch is the most important.
Following a pass, players take up to 8 steps back.
Players explode onto the ball at speed, completing their pass before the cone.
The cone is a defender, if they can't get the pass away - they have been tackled.
When passing, ball carriers draw the pass, in one motion, across their body.
Receivers present targets and have their hands up, ready to catch.
Relievers can clap their hands to establish a target.
The work rate will need to be high, lazy running and a low work rate will force the attack to grind to a halt.