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Wet/dry continuity game
Develop your players’ understanding on when to offload and when to go to ground, present and clear the threats, depending on the weather conditions.
Train contact techniques for both wet and dry days, whatever the training weather.
Either start with the game or the activity. Mix up the session with the two.
A: Wet weather. Have a ball carrier use footwork in front of a ruck-pad holder before going to ground to present the ball. A second player then clears out the threat.
B: Dry weather. Have a ball carrier use footwork before a ruck-pad holder before going to ground. He then pops up the ball to another attacker who immediately passes it to another player who repeats in front of another ruck-pad holder.
- In a 15m by 30m box, play five ruck-pad holders (or just defenders), against five attackers.
- The attackers have 15 seconds to get to the far end of the box.
- In the “wet” game, a player who’s bumped by a ruck-pad has to go to ground and the ruck pad is cleared away.
- In the “dry” game, a bumped ball-carrier can offload immediately OR go to ground and pop the ball OR turn and offload within two seconds. Give each team three goes before swapping around.
- Be secure with two hands on the ball in contact.
- Call in support – give the ball carrier confidence.