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Picking up the ball one-handed

Picking up the ball at pace from the ground with one hand not only looks impressive, it can lead to turnovers, counter attacks and tries. It’s all done in one motion without breaking stride.

ACTIVITY

  1. You roll the ball to a point 5m from where a runner has to pick it up with one hand without stopping
  2. The player runs around the cone and returns the ball to you

DEVELOPMENT

  • Add in a chaser
  • In this case the first player is aiming to score over the try line. Also swap the roles so the player picks up the ball and then turns to beat this defender

GAME SITUATION

  1. The picker turns to attack with his support player
  2. Two chasers put pressure on the picker and his support player

CHALLENGE

Quickly recover the ball on the ground.

SET UP

Cones, balls.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Players run 5m towards a ball on the ground, which you’ve rolled out.
  • They should approach the ball to the side, bend at the knees and scoop it up with one hand while going forward.
  • They run with the ball in two hands after the pick-up.

Development 

  • Add a chasing player to apply pressure from behind. Start with touch then progress to full contact. When attacking, encourage the attacker to score over a try line against a defender.
  • When defending, the player is running back towards his own try line. They have to pick up the ball and then turn to beat the chaser.

Game situation

  • Add an extra support player to offload to and an extra chaser to create a 2v2 scenario.

TECHNIQUE

  • The ball pick-up should be just to the side and slightly in front of the foot next to the ball.
  • Pick up with the head over the ball in a low body position with knees bent and back straight.
  • Stay in motion – do not stop – then transfer the ball into two hands.
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