EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Skills for the ball carrier

The ball carrier can help the support players to maintain continuity.

ABCs

ABC stands for Agility Before Contact. The ball carrier aims to get to the edges of the defender, so that the tackle is less impactful.

BALL CARRY

The ball carrier aims to keep the ball away from the defender, so it can’t be wrapped up or stolen.

They may use a fend to push the defender away.

OFFLOAD

The ball carrier may be able to pass out of the tackle. We talked about this in the support e-learning course as well.

FIGHT

Once the ball carrier is tackled, they should fight to the ground. That means making it hard for a defender to hold onto them, and also go forward as far as possible.

BALL PLACEMENT

Once on the ground, the ball carrier needs to place the ball back to their team in the safest and most secure manner.

Some ball placements will look accurate, some will be messy.

The types of ball placement above all come with a name, like long-and-strong or jack-knife or squeeze ball.

Each one has its merits. However, the key question is, as we will see in the Apply Pressure module, does it provide secure, quick ball to attack from.

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