Maintaining Focus No. 4 – Other Arriving Players at a Tackle

This is the fourth in a series of training and development resources to help referees and referee advisors/coaches “keep their brains going” until whenever the game restarts.

“Maintaining Focus No.4 – Other Arriving Players at a Tackle” provides a learning opportunity based on the recent World Rugby pronouncements on “The Tackle Area” focusing on “Other Arriving Players” and their responsibilities. It is self-explanatory and is designed to do no more than ask members to consider issues that arise in the video clips provided by World Rugby.

It is recommended that you study the exercise clips one at a time rather than just letting them run without any analysis (don’t do too much at one go!!!!).

Please work through the questions for each clip before viewing the suggested responses in order to maximise your learning. (Click on the questions to reveal the repsonses.)

Clearly the clips represent what World Rugby considers to be good outcomes but there is plenty for us to understand and dissect and perhaps clarify issues we were unclear about.

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Reminder of some relevant points from LAW 15: Ruck

  • An arriving player must be on their feet and join from behind their offside line.
  • A player may join alongside but not in front of the hindmost player.
  • Possession may be won either by rucking or by pushing the opposing team off the ball.
  • Players must endeavour to remain on their feet throughout the ruck.

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Other Arriving Players at a Tackle – Exercise 1

Enforce the tackle gate and penalise side entries into the ruck
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Other Arriving Players at a Tackle – Exercise 2

Encourage arriving players to drive and bind to opponents rather than diving in or tackling them.
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Other Arriving Players at a Tackle – Exercise 3

Examples of counter ruck
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