EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Attacking footwork before contact

Create better go forward for players who are taking the ball close to the ruck and close to the tackle line. The activity also works on better ball placement and support options.

Isolate one defender then attack another, maintain momentum before presenting the ball so the defence have less time to “jackle”, which means go for the ball.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put two pairs of ruck-pad holders about 5m apart. Each pair is slightly offset, as in the top picture.
  2. Put a pair in front of the first set of pad holders, and another pair to the side, with a ball.

  1. The ball is fed to a player who attacks the first pad, but changes angle and then attacks the next pad. When making contact with that pad, they go to ground and present the ball.
  2. The nearest player clears the pad.
  3. Once happy with the outcome, these players get back to their feet, and pass the ball to the next group who repeat.
  4. The other ruck-pad holders get back up, and realign so the process can be repeated.

GAME

  1. Put four ruck-pad holders and five attackers inside the box.
  2. The attackers have five “tackles” to score a try. A tackle is a glancing blow by a ruck pad. However, if the attacker meets a ruck pad full- square, the game finishes.
  3. On a tackle, the attacker goes to ground to present the ball.

TECHNIQUE

  • Attack hard, change angle early to maintain momentum.
  • Fall away from the original pass.
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