Here are some fun ways to challenge your 9 or any player passes from the back of a ruck. Using pieces of equipment, you create unusual passing scenarios. It means that the passer has to find solutions, then adjust their feet to pass accurately. Also, the receiver has to time their run, based on the way the passer has adjusted themselves. MORE
Dynamic ball placement
Good ball placement is non-negotiable. It reduces the risk of a turnover, allows the next players to clear threats quickly and enables the 9 to clear the ball fast. Use this activity to get it spot on.
Accurate ball placement will stop defenders reaching in to steal the ball.
- Start with two players about 2m apart passing the ball between each other.
- When you say “go”, the current ball carrier steps forward and wrestles the ball to the ground as the opposite player grabs him.
- As the carrier goes to ground, he presents the ball back in the best possible way (for instance, long placement).
- Develop by having a support player for each player on their fronts about 2m behind them.
- When you shout “go”, the ball carrier runs forward to be tackled by the non-ball carrier.
- The carrier should only take one step to the side.
- At the same time, the support players get to their feet to enter the contest.
- The ball carrier aims to twist back and place the ball towards his own try line.
- Develop further by placing the support players in different starting points.