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Breakdown - Ball Placement after Contact - HS and A with Warren Gatland

Retaining possession in contact is key. In this series, some of the best coaches and breakdown players including Warren Gatland and George Smith, look at the best ways for Ball Placement after Contact.

Part 1. Ball Placement after Contact Basic 3:42 Member content

Ball placement is an important part of securing your possession at the breakdown.
Teaching kids this skill of how to accurately place, and protect the ball, will help them be more positive at the contact and breakdown.
Ex Rugby Site Manager and current Otago coach Ben Herring explains how to best teach kids and new players Ball placement at the breakdown.

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Part 2. Ball Placement after Contact   6:33 Member content

Retaining possession in contact is key
Successful British and Irish Lions and Wales Coach Warren Gatland’s Contact video looks at the best ways for Ball Placement after Contact.
Buy time!
Get the ball away from the contact zone
Make it uncomfortable for the defence to get at the ball
Repetition and practice at every session!

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Part 3. Fight on the Ground (FOG) 16:59 Member content

Hawkes Bay coach Josh Syms introduces drills to help you develop the skill to win the ‘fight’ at the breakdown.

Josh has a special term for this part of the game – FOG or ‘Fight on the Ground’.
Its about how to land on the ground, how to present the ball. Then get the ball back in an efficient and effective way.
Find out about ‘the triangle of contact’
These drills are universal and can be used by all levels of players men’s and women’s.
Want to physically and mentally prepare your players for the breakdown contest, then this series is innovative in it’s approach and specific in focus…plus great fun for players!

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Duration 27:04
Topics Breakdown Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Very good, another demonstration that is simple.


Awesome Gat! Perfect for the new law now.

New Zealand

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New Zealand

Very interesting: simple and clear explination. Just simple steps for good progression of work on the breakdown


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