Rugby: Turnover ball - Creating depth and getting width

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DESCRIPTION

5 players in a group, line up within touching distance of one another, facing the coach who has a ball in his hand.

The coach then calls "turnover" and the Players quickly get width, but are not allowed to work backwards to get depth.

Once the players get depth the coach lets the first man off the mark by popping the ball in the air, as it is popped he moves off the mark and accelerates onto the ball and moves forward.

COACHING POINTS

  • Getting width while looking at the opposition and the ball/ breakdown.
  • Once the ball is in play players need to time their run to create depth for themselves.
  • The ball needs to be passed to the oncoming player, without hindering his run.
  • Everytime the ball is passed the receiver needs to adjust his line slightly so that he is attacking the ball with his hands, and line of run - this forces defenders to stick and not slide wide and close down the space available.

PROGRESSION

The second repetition of this drill (see video) includes a grubber kick. You can add your own passing variations to increase the difficulty of this practice

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