As the attack goes the same way from a ruck, where should the first defenders line up? There are no hard and fast rules, so use this breakdown activity to help them make the right decisions. 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.