Body position is crucial to compete at the breakdown, "Duck & Clean" is about ensuring that the players hips are lower than his opponents, this enables the player to get lower and clean in a "Low to high" movement which is both safe and effective
Retaining possession in Seven's wins matches, it's that simple but these days you need to improve your contact skills. Phil Greening provides a few tips and some insight into some of the USA's training drills
The contest at the breakdown is always changing and new techniques are often introduced however there are some fundamental skills required and this clip explains some of them
This drill encourages players to contest for the ball while staying on their feet.
Progress to include reaction to a tackle and focus on getting on your feet quickly
Breaking down the turnover situation into separate technical elements, players can work on their essential skills.
Here, in a series of progressions, the emphasis is on the first defender to arrive at the breakdown. They should attack the breakdown and fight to get through and past the ball.
To ensure players consider the best options at the moment they win turnover ball.
The easy option may be to go straight back into contact, but this gives the opposition time to organise a defence.
Encourage players to move the ball away from contact and attack the space wide
Get in pairs and players start in a press up position. Players hold onto opposite arms whilst still in the press up position. The aim is to remain balanced and work to pull the other player over
In pairs. Each player grabs one end of the tackle pad. The players wrestle to grab the tackle pad from the other players grasp. Repeat a couple of times.