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CoacHclass Top Tips III

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Rucking is just one of the many core rugby skills that will be coached at our Spring and Easter CoacHclasses, along with the understanding of when and why the skill would be utilised within the game of rugby.

Rucking is when the ball is on the ground and one or more players from each team are on their feet in physical contact over the ball. Rucking allows us to engage and group the opposition, move forward and present quick ball to continue our attack.

It is skills such as this that have helped to make players such as Josh Lewsey, Joe Worsley and Mark Van Gisbergen such valuable assets to London Wasps and have helped to make the Gold 'n' Blacks one of this season's Heineken Cup Quarter-Finalists.

All our coaches are RFU Qualified & CRB Checked

All our coaches are RFU Qualified & CRB Checked

Coaching Points:

  1. Drive beyond the ball:
    When a player hits a ruck, they should aim to drive beyond the ball. They should be on their feet, moving forward two or three metres beyond the ball; preventing the danger of too many bodies over the ball. Too often players rest on the ruck or just lean over, adding to the traffic, legs and feet getting the way of the scrum half trying to pass the ball.
  2. Inside foot over the ball:
    Players arriving should put their inside foot over the ball. This promotes:
    • Driving through and out, so clearing players more effectively
    • Stronger body position through the centre of the ruck
    • Less chance of feet hitting the ball
  3. Spine in line:
    The spine needs to be in line with the direction of the play to gain maximum power through the contact area.
  4. Driving position:
    Players' shoulders and hips should be lower than their shoulders, and the hips of the players in front of them. If players can touch their finger tips on the ground just before the contact, it will promote a body position that has the hips lower than the shoulders therefore allowing the major muscle groups in the legs to add to the drive.
  5. Leave the ball alone
    If players look to pick and drive, or even try to secure the ball by picking it up, then the momentum of the drive is lost and it just slows the quality of the ball. Picking up the ball can lead to players being unbalanced and knock-on the ball. Players need to be coached decision-making at the breakdown; when to clear out, when to pick and drive, when to secure the ball.

Key Words:

Safety + Low + Bind + Drive

Common Errors:

  • Players joining from the side
  • Poor placement by the ball carrier
  • Poor position of the ball carrier on the ground
  • Players arriving too late
  • Support players not understanding options
  • Players falling over because of unstable leg and feet positions and not binding with teammates
  • Players diving in to the ruck
  • Players attempting to pick up the ball while it is still in the ruck

CoacHclass Top Tips Series

CoacHclass Top Tips - Popping the ball out of the tackle
CoacHclass Top Tips II - Decision-making in attack

You can book your place on our CoacHclass by using our on-line booking service.