EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Swerving at pace

Develop the ball carrier’s ability to change direction at pace without breaking stride. They learn to lean to maintain their speed using this competitive session.

Unlike a side step, a swerving player gently changes angle. Build up the skill with the players learning how to lean and run.

1 SKILL

Stand a player with a ball in two hands on a line. Make him lean over to one side and slightly forwards. He should rebalance himself and move forward as late as he can. Once mastered, he can do this walking and then running.

2 RACE

A feeder passes a ball to a runner in an “S” shaped tunnel. He races to the end to score over a try line. A defender, starting further back (say 5m) chases behind before trying to catch the ball carrier at the end of the tunnel. There are more points for reaching the far side of the try line. Reverse the shape.

3 GAME SITUATION

Two players attack a defender in a narrow box. At the same time, another defender runs around the corner of a wider box to defend the outcome of the 2 v 1. The ball carrier can choose to score 2 points wider out, or step inside the defender for 1 point.

TECHNIQUE

  • Lean into the side the ball’s carried.
  • Run at pace without breaking stride.
  • Let the swerve feel natural.
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