Do you have a breakdown policy? If not, you should. A policy helps guide players' actions at the breakdown. Alongside accurate skill execution, it can help to win the race to the space over the ball after a tackle. MORE
Quick ball placement
Quick ball placement allows for quick rucks and chances to attack when the defence is at its most vulnerable. Use this activity to build up the essential skills.
- Have an attacking player on the ground lying on their front with a ball by their side.
- On the “GO” the player gets up off the ground and drives into the pad in front square on, keeping themselves square.
- They then hit the ground and uses the “score the try technique”- this is when the ball carrier fights to hit the deck with the ball in two hands protected underneath them. It buys the supporting player a couple of vital seconds and the opposition can’t see the ball at the contest.
- Once they have done this they then fight to get the ball as far away as possible from the body and in turn the opposition.
- Introduce a tackler and another support player.
- The other tackler will make the tackle then the ruck pad will try to win the space over the ball during presentation.
- When taking the ball into contact the ball carrier must ensure he takes the contact square.
- Ball carrier must maintain strong leg drive throughout the contact.
- The support player aims to win the space over and beyond the ball if there’s not an immediate contest.
- Ball carrier stays low in contact, driving forward before “scoring a try” and then presenting the ball.