When a ball carrier is close to the tackler, he needs his support players to give him information on what to do next. Work on this communication and contact skills with this rip-roaring session. 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