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VIDEO: Soft-landing offload skills
Improve your players’ confidence to pass after they’ve been tackled with this simple “soft-landing” offloading exercise.
- Put a ruck pad on the ground.
- Have a ball carrier run towards the ruck pad, then fall onto their knees on the pad.
- They turn and pass the ball to a supporting player.
- Keep recycling the players so they have plenty of goes.
- Develop by having the ball carrier fall onto their hip before passing the ball.
- Players can pass with one hand or two hands. It’s important that they don’t put out a hand when they are falling. This prevents injury.
- Develop by having the ball carrier falling and passing either left or right, with the support player having to guess which way they are going to fall. This replicates a game situation where the ball carrier cannot always choose how the tackle is going to end up.
- Push the ball up into the space.
- Accelerate onto the ball.
Play touch rugby. If the ball carrier is touched, they have to fall to the ground and pop up the ball to a supporting player. If the supporting player is running, they can continue to run. If they are standing still, they have to pass immediately.