There can be 20 plus lineouts in a match. They are the most competitive set-piece in a game, and tactically crucial if you want to take advantage of penalties you can’t kick at goal. The top teams target a 90% plus completion rate. That means, not just winning the ball, but winning it cleanly. MORE
Introducing the lineout: Crouch, stand and lift
Lifted lineouts require dynamic, synchronised movements. This introductory session starts your lifters on simple exercises and progresses them in a safe environment to improve their technique.
- Put a lifter on each side of an upright tackle tube.
- Each lifter crouches and places the palms (fingers up) firmly into their side of the tube about shoulder-width apart.
- On a signal, they lift the tube vertically.
- Arms should extend first, then they stand and move into the tube until their bodies are against it, arms straight above the head.
- After they’ve practised the technique, put a ball on top of the tube.
- If the ball falls, the lift needs to be smoother and more vertical.
- The ball acts as a target for a thrower to hit with another ball to develop timing for the lift and throw.
- Next, add a jumper.
- For safety reasons, the lifting pod should have four players around it – one to each side of the jumper, and one behind each lifter.
- They catch the jumper if he falls.
- Lifters extend their arms from a crouched stance into standing. It’s like a powerlifter doing a “snatch” lift.
- Lifters move right into the jumper’s body, with arms outstretched above them.
- The jumper should mentally emulate a plank or ladder. Pull knees and feet together and stretch the legs.
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