EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Dominant ball carry

Make sure your players use the right footwork to power through the contact area and then manipulate the ball so they can offload or present the ball cleanly.

Though power and aggression are important in the contact area, the ball carrier also needs to be technically accurate to ensure good continuity.

EXERCISE 1

Footwork

  1. A ball carrier attacks a ruck pad on the ground and then steps to the side.
  2. Ensure that the inside foot is next to the start of the ruck pad.
  3. Ideally, the ball carrier starts with the ball in two hands and transfers it to one hand when at the side, before going back to two hands.

EXERCISE 2

1v1 fighting to present

 

  1. The ball carrier starts side-on to the tackler.

  1. They turn towards a target cone and fight to get through contact, finishing with a quality ball placement.
  2. Develop by starting the ball carrier with their back to the defender. They have to work harder now to get square.

DEVELOPMENTS

  1. Add an attacker who takes a pop ball.
  2. Instead put a defender to the side of the attacker, with the attacker facing another defender. The attacker now has to get past the defender, placing so the next defenders have trouble getting the ball.

TECHNIQUE

  • Step hard to the side of the tackle, trying to get the hips beyond the tackle.
  • Drive through the contact area.
  • Keep square for as long as possible to enhance the drive.
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