SKILL THE BRAIN
When you play good rugby the CATCH PASS SKILL is the most important basic skill-set to have. By perfecting these basic skills you will find that you are more involved around the field, more confident when handling the ball and a valued member of the team.
Before you are able to do anything with the rugby ball in a game you must control the ball. Make sure you have a good hold of the ball, then perform a pass. By perfecting this skill you will have the ability to perform the pass through instinct.
There are many different skills in catching a rugby ball, whether it be in general play or under the high ball. Catching the ball is all about good hand and eye coordination.
Make sure you focus and secure the ball with your fingertips, closing both hands upon arrival of the ball.
Keep palms and fingers spread, giving every opportunity to gather the ball cleanly. Secure the ball for better control so opponents cannot steal in the tackle.
Passing the ball is a vital skill which, if practiced with the correct technique, can benefit your game immensely.
Accuracy is extremely important. Make sure you pass the ball at a height which is easy to catch (between the waist and chest).
Throwing the ball slightly in front of a player will also give them something to run onto, allowing a better chance to breach defenders.
Keep a steady eye on where your team mates are positioned. Make sure they’re able to catch the ball with enough space to avoid defenders or to make another pass.
Control your passing speed depending on the situation. The quick ball which can be run onto can be really effective if executed correctly. Make sure the ball is passed at an accurate height for players to gather. If not, the ball can be intercepted, resulting in an opportunity for the opposition to score.
Practice by throwing a training ball around with a friend or teammate, or use the BB Rebound to practice by yourself by throwing it at set targets on a wall or other sturdy structure. This will help your overall accuracy and passing skills.