How do you take advantage of your players' skills? Conversely how do you adapt your plans to overcome an opponent who is disrupting your lineout? Here are some tactics to consider. MORE
Coach lineouts: Technique
You need to first focus on good technique.
Gary Gold, the former Springbok forwards coach who worked with the peerless Victor Matfield, said that if you have the best technique it often doesn’t matter if the opposition know where you are going jump, you will beat them anyway.
Technically, we need the thrower (and it doesn’t need to be the hooker) to throw accurately at his jumpers. We want our jumpers to get into the air quickly and if we are using lifters, for them to maximise the lifting height. All this needs to be replicated under pressure.
They are lots of moving parts in a lineout and plenty of scope for error because the players are very reliant on each other to perform their roles accurately. These drills and activities will help your players build technique and eliminate error:
Mind your language
First, the players need to understand the language of the lineout, which helps them appreciate why they are focusing on a particular aspect.
We then look more closely at lineout lifting. We have two sessions on the best ways to propel your jumper into the air in the most effective manner.
Finally, we have two sessions on the hooker throw. First, we look at how they prepare themselves. And then we look at the best way to complete a throw.