Make sure your players take off when they arrive at the tackle contest – they should “land” first and then drive up. This activity will reinforce the correct technique and put your team on the front foot. MORE
Ball carrying through contact
Make your players transfer the ball into the correct hand and use footwork before contact so they can get to the edges of defenders and keep the ball secure. This activity combines simple ball manipulation with footwork to build good habits in contact.
- A feeder passes a ball to a receiver. He quickly transfers it into the correct hand – farthest from the inside defender.
- He then attacks the ruck-pad holder in front of him before stepping at the last moment to power through the gap.
- The other ruck pad is about a shoulder width away and forces the ball carrier to step in at an angle and then straighten up.
- The ball carrier goes through the pads, aiming to FEND INSIDE, keeping the ball tight in the outside arm.
- Develop by putting a player through a gauntlet of ruck pads, forcing him to use good footwork as well as change hands to keep the ball away from contact – a player favourite, this one.
- It is essential that the ball carrier keeps shifting the ball from arm to arm.
- Four points of contact on the ball (hand, forearm, bicep, chest).
- Fix the defender and then aim for his edges.