Avoid slow ball at the tackle or even losing the ball by making every ball carrier far more active on the ground. Use these two exercises to build up players’ ball placement skills under pressure. After the tackle is made, the farther away your player can place the ball from the defence, the harder it is for the opposition to disrupt it. Encourage good placement habits with these exercises. MORE
Sometimes a player has to come forward from a standing start. They need to make best use of the space in front of them to beat the defenders and create go forward.
Fight for every inch in contact, even from a standing start.
- Put two attackers on the edge of the box, with a feeder on either side of the box with a ball at their feet. Put two ruck-pad holders in the middle of the box. Stand behind the attackers, and have the feeders facing you.
- Point to a feeder, who passes to the nearest attacker.
- They run forward, driving through the ruck-pad holders to get to the far side. The other attacker runs in support.
- Remove ruck pads.
- Have only one feeder, but he can pass to either forward.
- Put four attackers in the middle of the box on the line. They pass the ball between them, with the ball carrier moving forward two steps, passing and then getting back onto the line.
- Put two defenders about 5m opposite them. They shadow the passes. Either you shout “play” or the attackers decide to attack.
- Allow only no passes before contact, but the players can offload in contact. Play full contact.
- Get the ball close to your chest, step forward to get momentum before driving to the side of contact.
- Fight hard with your legs and upper body to become a moving target.