EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

The telephone box

The best sidesteppers seem to be able to beat another player inside the space of a telephone box. Use this exercise to make even the least fleet-footed replicate this skill.

Develop light feet with a jump and step to create a really dynamic sidestep.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put a player 2m in front of a set of cones, set up as above.

  1. He jumps over the front cones, landing on two feet before moving either left or right through the gap to either side of the cones.
  2. Adjust the distances to suit your players.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Develop by putting a defender in the middle of the back of the cones. He cannot move either left or right but can stretch to touch the attacker.
  2. Finally, put two defenders about 2m apart inside the box.
  3. Each one holds a ruck pad. The ball carrier aims to attack one of the pads and then use a jump sidestep to inside or outside the pad holder. In the meantime the pad holders come forward, aiming to make a solid contact on the ball carrier.

NOTE: This is not a natural skill, so let the players experiment and try out different methods. Encourage them to land on two feet about shoulder-width apart so they can move either left or right.

TECHNIQUE

  • Keep the ball in two hands to help maintain balance.
  • Don’t leap, just make a small jump.
  • Try doing it in slow motion first.
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