Rugby: Smash or roll

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DESCRIPTION

1. Crocodile roll 

  • Crocodile roll is one technique to repmove threats from a breakdown.
  • Most useful for smaller players to move larger ones. 
  • Require control, power, accuracy.
  • Identify if croc roll is the right technique to use. 
  • Target the defenders upperback/lower neck region. 
  • Initate the clear out by big shoulder contact into that area, set feet wide, then bearhug the defender 
  • Use momentum and rotate hips downwards, maintain strong grip and roll palyer off the ball. 
  • Finish movement on top of player and compete for ball. 

2. Smash 

  • If player is slow to attack ball smash may be the best option.
  • Here clear the defender out the way and remove the threat using normal rucking technique. 

COACHING POINTS

1. Croc Roll

  • still heavy impact 
  • use momentum 
  • arms around torso not head. 
  • (watch Croc Roll Video for technique) 

2. smash 

  • power and gression is key 
  • low to high drive 
  • aim for between arms and head to break leavers and protect ball.
  • big impact. 
  • stay on feet.
  • big impact.
  • come through gate.
  • taregt leavers 
  • protect ball.

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