Work on counter-attack plays to use when returning long kicks. And then have a play to use after the first ruck from a counter – it will help you exploit weak links as they race into place to defend. MORE
VIDEO: Restart drills for catching kick offs
Improve your kick-off retention stats by working on movement into position and catching skills. Use this activity as a springboard for more sophisticated techniques, which may include lifting.
- Put two lines of players on a coloured cones about 10m apart.
- Stand diagonally 10m away from one group, so one faces you and other has their back to you.
- Call a cone colour and throw a ball into the air. The player on that coloured cone moves to catch the ball.
- Challenge the players to catch the ball above their heads. Then to turn towards their team.
- Ideally, have a feeder next to you. They receive a pass from the catcher and hand you the ball.
- Don’t call a colour. The players decide who is going to catch the ball.
- Have a chaser who follows your throw to put pressure on the catch. That chaser can be a catcher from a previous throw.
- Kick the ball for more height.
- Have a player from each cone come out to catch the ball. One catches, the other supports.
- The supporting player can try to boost the catcher into the air.
- Have two players from one line and another from the other come forward to see if they can boost the catcher into the air.
This clip comes from our Pack Attack DVD.