Newbridge Rugby Week 3
This week saw the squad practicing in windy conditions. This helped to emphasize communcation and being ready to make/receive a pass. It made for some fun passing and ball handling!
We starting the session using Relays as our warm up. The first relay had students sprinting, scoring a try, sprinting back to their line and passing to the next person in line. Second, the students had to pass the ball between their legs then continue the relay. In the last relay, students sprinted to the cone, scored the try, and had to “hit the deck” – lay on the ground – then get back up and sprint back.
The drill that followed was about passing a ball in space and finding an open man. A small grid was used to force a tight area. Students who had the ball were not permitted to move, those without the ball were running around to open space in the grid, calling a ball holders name to receive a pass. Not only was this about passing in traffic and finding open space, but also about learning that communication is key in Rugby.
Lastly, students were passing in a circle. We practiced passing in both directions, making the ball come across the body to pass ensuring students were not using their dominant hand. To make this drill more interesting, it turned into a game of Duck – Duck – Goose. As the ball was being passed, if the ball landed on the Goose, that person would sprint in the same direction as the ball was being passed, hoping to race back to their spot and accept the pass.
The group is progressing well! Next week will see more emphasis on communication and passing.