Rugby Drill Demonstration


  • Simple game for players to work on their ability to side step and beat opponents 1 v 1.
  • The defender starts with the ball on one coned corner of the playing area.
  • The defender passes the ball to the attacker standing on the opposite cone.
  • The game is then a 1 v 1 and the attacker must side step the defender to reach one side of the squared area.

Coaching points

  • To ensure good balance on the side step by keeping a low centre of gravity and shifting body momentum quickly.
  • Shortern their running stride
  • Take a wide step to outside one side of the defender
  • Transfer force quickly using the planted leg and push off in the opposite direction.

Drill tags: sidestep

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