EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Quick Coach: Wrestlemania

CORE SKILLS

  • Contact
  • Strength on the ball
  • Presentation
  • Tackle steals
  • Leg drive
  • Balance

THE STORY

“Two players wrestle with the ball until they go over one of the lines. Then it’s battle to win the ball on the ground.”

SET UP

A 3m by 5m box and a ball.

HOW TO PLAY

  1. Put two players with a ball between them in a small box. Each one takes up a grab on the ball.

  2. When you say “wrestle”, they try to wrestle the ball towards the line in front of them.

  1. When the players go out of the box, shout “tackle” and the player who has the ball goes to ground.

  2. If there’s no obvious ball carrier, the player going forward goes to ground.

  3. The other player then aims to grab the ball. Count down quickly from five. If they have grabbed it legally (that is, stayed on their feet), they get a point.

  4. The ball carrier gets a point if they have moved forward over the line. The ball carrier also gets a point if the other player doesn’t grab the ball when they go to ground, as long as the ball carrier has acted legally (that is, not held onto the ball on the ground).

  5. It’s tiring, so just have one pair going at a time.

  6. Note, that it’s better to be going forward. Referee it as per the laws of rugby once the ball carrier has gone to ground.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • One player has the ball, while the other one holds the player. They then wrestle and push.

NUMBERS

Just keep to pairs in the box.

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