EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Drop, gather, attack

Dropped balls or loose kicks mean that the ball is on the ground and needs recovering. Use this session to work on the skills and decision-making around this situation.

It’s not a natural action to fall on the ball. Help the players understand how to develop this technique as smoothly as they can.

ACTIVITY

  1. Split your squad into pairs with a ball per pair.
  2. The ball carrier initially rolls the ball out about 5-10m. Their partner must chase after the ball, drop on it and quickly get back to their feet. They then sprint back to the starting position.
  3. Partners then swap.

DEVELOPMENTS

  1. Once the ball is collected and the player starts running back, ask them to make an evasive moment.
  2. Use a variety of kicks; grubber, chip for the player to gather.

  1. Let the player that rolls the ball out become a defender that the gatherer must beat to score.
  2. Add three more players that become support players for the counter attack.
  3. Add defenders to try and counter the attack.

TECHNIQUE

  • Look at the ball as it moves and react.
  • Drop, slide, gather.
  • Get up and accelerate.
  • Shout for the ball before you gather it.
  • Drop on your side feet first.
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