Encourage your ball carriers to run at pace, looking to avoid contact by anticipating where the spaces are. This is a scanning exercise for just the ball carrier. They will make mistakes, yet start to become attuned to looking for gaps. MORE
This session thrives on the odd directions a rugby ball takes when it rolls along the ground and how the players react to it. It will improve footwork and reaction skills.
The players are reacting to a bobbling ball that might shoot out of the side of a ruck or be knocked back from a lineout, or be because of a dropped pass.
- Split into groups of three.
- Put two groups at one end of the box, with a ball on the ground in front of them.
- Have them dribble the ball forward before you shout “Down”.
- The player nearest the ball drops on it, presents it.
- The next player has to drive over the player on the ground and finally, the last player has to pick up the ball and run to the far end.
- Set up the pitch as above. Split into 4 or 5 in each team.
- One team starts with the ball.
- They cannot kick the ball more than 5m.
- They aim to score in the 5m goals at the ends of the end line.
- If you shout “Down”, then the game becomes a normal game of rugby (touch or tackle), with the try lines the goals.
- If the ball goes out over the end line, then the non-offending team start with the ball 5m from their line, with the other team 5m away.
- Call for the ball on the ground.
- Swoop early for the ball.