EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Zig-zagging

Work from left to right and back a number of times up a channel, aiming to keep possession and go forward at the same time.

It is a tactic that can be used to retain possession when running down the clock or to set up a drop goal.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put two ruck-pad holders in each channel. Put two attackers in one of the channels.
  2. One player drives into the pads, goes to ground, presenting an imaginary ball, and the other player drives over.
  3. They recover and drive into the next set of pads, repeating left and right for at least four goes.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Put six attackers and a 9 at one end of the channel and then two sets of ruck-pad holders and a defender on either side of the box.
  2. One defender tries to steal the ball.

  1. The attack runs forward into the first set of defenders, recycles the ball and then passes to the other set. The attack can only make one pass after each contact and not drive forward more than 3m.
  2. The 9 moves from ruck to ruck, while the players recycle themselves for the next contact.
  3. Stop after an infringement or after six contacts.

TECHNIQUE

  • Don’t try to steal too many metres, go to ground on your terms and present the ball.
  • Aim for quick ball, but make sure the ball is released when the forwards from the previous ruck are on their feet.
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