EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Rugby coaching tips for a dynamic power step

For example, if attacking the space on the left of the defender, the ball carrier's right foot is placed outside the defender's right shoulder as in this picture.

Rugby play to ball carrier taking the pivot step to get him beyond the defender

The power step is the "next step." That is the pivot step which takes the ball carrier beyond the defender.

It is an explosive step away from the tackler and beyond the tackle. It gets the ball carrier partially free from the tackler and in a good position to offload the ball.

Rugby coaching tips for dynamic power step

  • The ball carrier attacks the space to the side of the defender.
  • The ball carrier places his inside foot on the outside of the defender.
  • The explosive power step takes the ball carrier beyond the tackler.
  • The ball carrier then has the option to offload the ball, present it on his terms, or continue his run.

Iain Monaghan is a professional player and skills coach at Viadana, the Italian professional club.

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