EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Mauling corners

Improve the players’ mauling skills so that can keep going forward in contact and still retain the ball if they are held by a defender.

In contact, the ball carrier needs to stay on their feet because they will have to give up the ball if they go to ground. They also need to drive forward to make it easier for supporting players to drive in and support them.

Put a ball carrier and defender back-to-back about 1m apart. Another attacker faces the ball carrier outside the square. Shout which cone the ball carrier attacks.

They turn and goes for that cone. The defender tries to stop them either by grabbing the ball or tackling. The support player joins the contact situation.

The ball carrier cannot offload the ball but can have it ripped off them. Play until the ball is lost, a tackle is completed and the support player has protected the ball or the ball carrier goes over the cone.

Develop by adding another defender. They and the support attacker run around the cones in front of them after you call a colour.

TECHNIQUE

  • Ball carrier: Use leg drive, with short steps. Roll the upper body to make themselves more difficult to hold onto.
  • Support player: Tell the ball carrier what to do: “Stay on your feet, drive, my ball (to rip), go to ground”.
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