EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Lifting for kick offs

Improve the movement and coordination needed for lifting the catcher at the kick off. 

ACTIVITY 1

  1. Have one designated catcher and two support players between three different-coloured cones 3m apart. 
  2. Call a colour. The pod of three gets to that cone as quickly as possible.

ACTIVITY 2

  1. Once the group has done this three or four times you call a colour followed by “UP” and throw a ball towards them. 
  2. The support players lift the catcher into the air. 
  3. The lifters bring the catcher down and binding around them. Note that they can’t get in front of the catcher to block incoming defenders

DEVELOPMENT 

  1. Put two ruck-pad holders in opposition and their role is to put pressure on the pod of three just as the catcher lands after you have thrown the ball. This will test how well secured the catcher is secured by his supporters. 
  2. Once the ball is caught the supporters should be bound on with their arm around the back of the catcher and their inside leg beyond the catcher. This ensures the pod is locked in and secured.  This finished position will ensure they can absorb contact also. 
  3. Finally, put the players into a match situation with a kick towards them.

TECHNIQUE

  • The catcher keeps active with his feet to get under the ball as it is coming down. 
  • Players have their hands chest high as they are lifted or as the ball is coming down in anticipation of catching it. 
  • Once down the catcher needs to be in a low, almost squat, position.  
  • The supporters let the catcher “work” and get into position to receive the ball then react quickly to either lift or support. 
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