EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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.

 

  1. Put the players into pairs, with one attacker and one defender.
  2. The attacker walks forward with the defender pushing back against the attacker on their shoulders.
  3. When you shout “go” or “tackle”, the ball carrier goes to ground, using their forward momentum if they can.
  4. They place the ball back, but try to “keep busy” so the defender cannot grab the ball.
  5. Give the defender a count of five to steal the ball.
  6. Swap roles and repeat.
  7. Then swap partners, so the players have different types of player to work with.

TECHNIQUE

  • 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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