Do you have a breakdown policy? If not, you should. A policy helps guide players' actions at the breakdown. Alongside accurate skill execution, it can help to win the race to the space over the ball after a tackle. MORE
Out of the firing line
Use this simple ball carrying trick to help your players retain more ball in contact. The session works on developing your players’ ability to rip down the ball just before contact whilst, unusually, targeting a defender.
Target a defender to make sure it’s only a one-on-one tackle.
- Work with a ball carrier standing opposite another player. They walk into the player and drive forward, going to ground. As they do this, the other player tries to grab the ball.
- Check the technique (see picture at the bottom) and that the ball carrier does not hold the ball like a “teddy bear”.
- Put two ruck-pad holders between two cones. Have three attackers move forward.
- The ball carrier has to use footwork to attack ONE of the pads, before driving forward, ripping down with the ball and then going to ground.
- Their team mates clear the ruck-pad holders back.
- Develop by taking away ruck pads.
- Put four attackers at one end of the channel, facing two groups of three defenders. Play full contact.
- The attackers are allowed one pass in each box. The defenders are only allowed to come forward once the attackers have entered their box.
- Emphasise the need to avoid going out of the box – this focuses the ball carrier on attacking ONE defender, not two.
Hold the ball inside the body before contact, with hand and elbow in front of the ball.
As you reach contact, rip down the ball, drive forward and then go to ground.