Wilbur Kraak, a senior lecturer and rugby researcher at Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, has recently published his findings on the effects of a skills specific coaching education programme on the skill level of mini-rugby players. Working with Jacques Basson, their conclusions shed further light on what good practice design looks like... MORE
MINIS: Evasion race – with two hands
Use this activity to develop running forwards with the ball in two hands, and aiming to evade an oncoming defender.
This easily set-up exercise adds a competitive element to running with the ball in two hands. You can match up players easily to help differentiate between abilities. It also encourages players to run to score a try.
- Split into two teams, each spread along the line facing each other.
- Number off both teams, so the lowest numbered player of one team faces the highest numbered player of another team.
- Put a ball at one end of the channel.
- Nominate one team as defenders and one as attackers.
- Call out a number, and the numbered attacker runs to the ball and picks it up.
- He aims to score at the other end.
- The numbered defender runs to the far end and then comes forward to make a touch tackle with two hands on the hips of the ball carrier.
- Let everyone have a go and then swap attack and defence.
- Develop by calling out names instead.
- Finally, call out two numbers and it becomes a 2 v 1 v 1 situation.
- Increase the level of contact to suit your team.
- The ball carrier should carry the ball in two hands.
- Encourage the defender to get close to the ball carrier – he has to get two hands on the shorts of the ball carrier to make a tackle.
- When it’s 2 v 2, encourage the ball carrier to pass before he’s touched.
- Always go forward – avoid running sideways or dancing on the spot.