Snatch or smash opposition tackle ball
Help your players understand when to go for the steal (snatch) and when to drive through (smash) the ball through the ruck if they can’t steal it. Keep it legal and slow down or win opposition ball.
If the second defender arrives quickly, he can get into a strong position over the ball. But he must remain legal. If he can’t go for the ball with his hands, keep driving and disrupt the ball.
Have a player with his back to a ruck pad which is on the ground and a ball on the far side. A ruck-pad holder stands on the ball side of the ruck pad. The player faces three different coloured cones. Shout out a colour. He touches that cone and then turns. He can either go for the ball to steal it, or try to drive away the ruck-pad holder. Develop by having two players on their fronts just by the ruck pad and ball. Put a line of ruck-pad holders at least 3m to the side. Call forward one of the players on the ground. He uses a steal or kick to recover the ball. His position is taken by another player and the activity quickly rotates through the players.
Support your weight for the steal and put the hands straight onto the ball. Drive hard and straight if you can’t steal. About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and WRU Course Leader. He is currently the Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and was Assistant Coach on the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.