EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Attack: Handling booster

A session ideal for pre-season or in-season if you need to reconnect your players with their handling skills and pace onto the ball.

Accurate passing is essential to maintain a flowing attacking move capable of exploiting mismatches and space. Look at the detail as well as the outcomes.

ACTIVITY 1

  1. Put two columns of players about 5m apart (adjust this according to the skill level). One column will be the catch-and-pass group and they will start about 2m ahead of the catch column.
  2. Have the first catch-and-pass jog forward. Once they reach level with a feeder, they receive a ball and then pass it for the next player.
  3. The catch column’s first player has to sprint forward, so holds their run before setting off.
  4. The feeder joins the first column, the passer the next and the catcher becomes a feeder. You should have a couple of feeders ready.

ACTIVITY 2

  1. Have the ball carrier race forward and pass only when they are out of the box in front of them.
  2. Have a defender race forward also, aiming to touch the ball carrier or slide off and touch the receiver.
  3. The receiver should sprint onto the pass, so the defender has no chance of catching them.
  4. The original ball carrier can dummy if they think the defender is moving over too quickly.

TECHNIQUE

  • Pass in front of the receiver.
  • The receiver should reach for the ball only when it’s passed.
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