Dominating the collision in attack will lead to better ball presentation and increase the of a clean and speedy recycle. Use this exercise to improve – it starts with a cone-flipping race. 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