Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Skills | Tags: clearing out threats at the ruck, coaching rucking, rugby rucks
Watch this video and look at how both teams struggle to win either clean ruck ball or any ruck ball because players stop at the ruck.
Whatever we say about sealing and bridging, this sends a clear message that it rarely produces “winning” ruck ball.
Rugby coaches should be coaching rucking skills that drive out threats, produce clean ball for the next player and protect the eventual clearing passer.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, ELVs, Rugby Coaching | Tags: ELVs, Jonathan Kaplan, rugby coaches, rugby kicking, rugby lineouts, rugby mauls, rugby rucks
Rugby coaches around the world are pouring over their tactics and working out whether the new laws have made a significant difference to the game.
In the Northern Hemisphere, two complaints have made most of the headlines: more kicking and inconsistency at the breakdown.
Just a moment…
Inconsistency at the breakdown? That is not talking about an ELV. It is a directive from the IRB for referees to stop “bridging and sealing”. However referees are not controlling this area in the game in the same way. Recently criticism has been aimed at Jonathan Kaplan, the well-respected South African referee in the way he dealt the ruck area in two separate Tri Nations games. “A free for all” said one coach about the last game after he had been very harsh in the previous match. (more…)