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Pefect Performance- Skills in Rugby

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Perfect Performance SKILLS Catching a high ball: In rugby union catching the high ball is a skill every player should learn despite their position although backs are likely to catch a high ball more often than forwards. Catching a high ball is usually the best option if surrounded by the opposition to ensure that you get to the ball first. I will now talk through the perfect technique for catching a high ball. STEP 1 The first thing you should do is look to see what is going on around you before committing yourself to the catch. When you decide to go for the catch ensure that you let everyone around you that this kick is your catch. This will avoid confusion and stop more than one player going for the same ball. When everyone is aware that you are to be the person going for the ball, you should quite obviously get in line with the ball's path. Always keep your eyes on the ball at all times (this is often difficult when there are opposition players around you vying for the same ball). STEP 2 When you have read the ball's path and are now in a position to attempt to catch it start to extend your arms towards the direction of the ball (point at the ball). ...read more.


So if you are the team kicker, it is important you make the big kicks when they matter, especially in pressure situations. A successful conversion kick gives the scoring team a total of two points and one is taken every time after a try is scored. I will now talk you through the perfect technique for taking a conversion kick. STEP 1 The first thing to do is ensure that you are using a kicking tee or stand to build a mound for the ball to lie upon. If this is not unavailable the next best thing is to build a divot in the ground with the heel of your boot in order to place the ball in. The ball should be placed in the divot or on the stand tilted so it is facing straight towards its intended direction. The seams on the ball should be lined up direct with the target ensuring that the seam is lined up going straight through the posts. The ball should be leaned forwards slightly so that the so-called 'sweet spot' is exposed (if a stand is used the ball will be tilted into the right position anyway). The 'sweet spot' is found around about one third up from the bottom of the ball and it is the place where if kicked will gain the most distance. ...read more.


These are the guidelines you should follow when performing the sidestep in a rugby union game. STEP 1 First of all you must have the ball in your possession in order to be able to perform this specific skill. As you approach your potential tackler with the ball you much first of all decide in your head which direction you are aiming to run past them. As you approach them further you should shorten your stride in order to get your timing and balance right. STEP 2 The next step is to step wide with your outside leg placing your body weight on that leg. This fools your marker into thinking that you are headed in this direction. You might decide to slow down slightly in order to lull the defender but in your mind you are waiting for him to shift sideways and this is when you make your move. STEP 3 When this has happened and the defender has moved in this position quickly shift your body to the other side of your body exploding off your standing foot in an instant. You should continue pushing off on your outside leg pumping your raised inside leg for extra power and to keep maximum balance. STEP 4 Your defender will now be off balance so take advantage of this and accelerate past them. These are the guidelines you should follow when performing the sidestep to evade your opponent. By Jonathan McCabe ...read more.

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