The best way to stop an opponent stealing your ball is to beat him to the breakdown. But if you do lose the race, use one of these three techniques to thwart him – in and out, scissoring or breaking the pane. We don't endorse the "croc roll" where the player is rolled out. MORE
The “Y” drill
Create good ball placement habits after footwork with this great warm-up exercise. It is a key part of the contact core series.
There are lots of ball placements after a tackle in a match, so practise this in training. Use this coach-led exercise to keep the players reiterating the basics.
- Set up the players in a line in front of you, 5m from the balls.
- Have the front player come forward.
- Pass him a ball and shout out a ball placement shape (like “jack knife”, or “long” or “squeeze” or “power roll”).
- The receiver takes the pass, power steps past you and then goes to ground to perform that placement.
- As soon as he is past you, the next player comes forward and repeats, stepping to the other side.
- Develop by having the previous placement player act as a tackler.
- In this case, work at 50% intensity so the players concentrate on good technique.
- Finally, put two ruck-pad holders behind you.
- When the ball carrier comes forward, he brings a support player with him.
- After the tackle, a ruck pad player comes forward and the support player clears him out.
- Jack knife: Feet and ball towards the try line.
- Long: Ball to your try line, feet to theirs.
- Squeeze: Low body to the ground, push through the legs.
- Power roll: Roll twice