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Catching skills rugby drill
Set up the rugby coaching session
- In a five-metre box, have one attacker and one defender.
- To begin with, you feed the ball. The defender moves forward to tackle when the attacker moves.
- The attacker must focus on the pass and not the defender.
- Start with the pass going slightly deeper to give the catcher more time and less pressure.
- As the players develop, make the pass flatter, increasing the pressure and catching skills needed.
Develop the rugby drill skills
- Add another attacker so that the catcher under pressure has the option of passing.
- Add a second defender and make it a 2 v 2 pressure rugby drill.
- Vary the way the ball is delivered to the catcher. High passes, low passes, ball rolled along the ground or ball chipped up in the air.
- Change the starting point for the defender to create different problems for the catcher.
Put the rugby drill skills into a game situation
- Set up a pitch which is wide and short in length.
- This will ensure the players on both the attack and defence get flat and create a lot of pressure on each other.
- Condition the game so it’s similar to rugby league at the contact point with each team getting six tackles before change over.
- Also ask the attacking team to try and get two passes in before contact.
- As rugby coach, control the defence to ensure the pressure from them is not overdone and the catching skills from the attacking team improve under pressure.
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