Rugby Drill Demonstration
- Ball carrier goes forward, hitting in on the shield, turning to pop the call to a support player who passes the ball across the grid into the second channel for the first player in the opposite channel to take and advance on the the shield in their channel.
- They hit in on the shield, turning to pop the ball to a support player who then passes the ball to the next receiver in the first channel.
- Keep going, but don't forget to change the players on the tackle shields.
You don't need to focus on all of the following coaching points, pick the points that are most suited to your own training goals. You can add your own coaching points.
- Keep the tempo of this exercise high.
- Players communicate with one another using the three E's. Efficient, effective, and encouraging.
- Pops are well weighted for the support runners, there are no spins.
- Passes are weighted correctly in terms of speed, distance, and position.
- Passes are to where the player will be, not to where they are.
- The hit on the shield is: low, forceful, the ball is protected against the contact and moved to the hip, the player moves through the contact positioning their body for the pop.
- If mistakes are made, players focus on: the next hit, the next pop, the next pass.
- The coach takes responsibility for helping players to improve, players do not beat themselves up about mistakes.
You can tell the player to go to ground and then pop and pass the ball up - this must be done immediately after going to ground.