Make sure your players enter the breakdown legally – by getting tough through the tackle gate. This will also mean they’ll arrive square and in a better position to drive over the ball and win it. MORE
Passing at pace
Improve your players’ technique by practising passing at pace. It will test their skills to the limit because any slight inaccuracy will be shown up quickly.
- Line up groups of four or five players on the line
- The first player runs 5m and passes back to the next player
- The last player in the group passes to the first player in the next group
- Each player waits a few moments before running forward to take the pass
- Each player takes the ball at pace
- The next group repeats
- Receiver looks at the passer
- Fingers forward and up to Catch. Arms slightly bent to absorb the pace of the pass
- Head beats hands to scan in front to Look and Aim at the target
- Ball is not dropped below the waist. Arms remain relaxed and bent before the Pass
- Point the ball with both hands to ensure greater accuracy and better transfer of weight through the ball, using less torso rotation which can lead to inaccuracy
WHY USE IT
The ball passed well and quickly will always beat the defender. Poor technique and timing are responsible for more “bombed” chances than anything else. Up the pressure to test the skill.
A 20m x 15m box, 15 players, one ball
HOW TO DO IT
- First ball carrier runs 5m, accelerating before pulling a pass back towards the second receiver.
- Attackers stagger their take-off a few moments after the player inside.
- The ball should be received and passed at full pace (see picture 1).
- The last receiver pops the ball to the next group which repeats the drill in the opposite direction (see picture 2).
- Go through three times then see how many perfect passes you can achieve within a minute and then how many you can achieve before anyone drops the ball.