Dominating the collision in attack will lead to better ball presentation and increase the of a clean and speedy recycle. Use this exercise to improve – it starts with a cone-flipping race. MORE
VIDEO: Ball placement competitive activity to stop the jackle
Working in pairs, put the ball carrier under pressure to present the ball effectively to reduce the opportunities for a steal/jackle. This low impact exercise is an ideal warm-up activity.
- Put the players into pairs, with one attacker and one defender.
- The attacker walks forward with the defender pushing back against the attacker on their shoulders.
- When you shout “go” or “tackle”, the ball carrier goes to ground, using their forward momentum if they can.
- They place the ball back, but try to “keep busy” so the defender cannot grab the ball.
- Give the defender a count of five to steal the ball.
- Swap roles and repeat.
- Then swap partners, so the players have different types of player to work with.
- Fall forward, as if scoring a try.
- Keep both hands on the ball, twist at the hips and then the shoulders.
- Keep the ball “moving” as the body is moving.
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