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VIDEO: Pre-season contact skills
Bernard Jackman, formerly head coach at the Dragons in the Pro14, takes an indoor contact session when he was coaching at Grenoble.
The players are working on contact skills and ball presentation. The randomness of the initial contact and the surprise element means the players have to make multiple decisions to win or retain the ball.
- Does the ball have to be placed back with one or two hands?
- How quickly does the ball carrier have to move?
- How does the defender stay positive, that means, stay on their feet to challenge for the ball?
Ask these questions to the players – it’s their solutions, not your’s.
An ideal session for all ages who play contact.
An attacker follows the defender around, also with their chest on the player. They then compete for the ball once the defender makes their move.