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Catching and passing skills



Here's how to... catch the high ball.

Catching a high kick can be tricky, especially in wet and windy conditions.

But if you follow the proper technique, you will have a much better chance of claiming a safe catch, whatever the conditions.

Although backs are likely to catch a high ball more often than forwards, it is still an important skill every rugby player should learn.

Depending on the situation, you may choose to stay on the ground if you are unopposed.

CALLING THE MARK
A player can call for the mark if they catch the ball cleanly inside their 22-metre line, while shouting "mark"
The referee will give that player a free-kick on the spot where they caught the ball

But if you are surrounded by the opposition, you will probably catch the ball in the air to make sure you get to the ball first.

It is especially important to make the catch when you call the "mark" inside your own 22-metre line.

Have a look around to see what is going on before committing yourself to the catch.

STEP ONE

Catching a high ball

Call for the ball - let everyone around you know that this kick is your catch.

Get into line with the ball's path.

Keep your eyes on the ball at all times - which can be hard when there are opposition players bearing down on you.

STEP TWO

Catching a high ball

Start to extend your arms towards the direction of the ball.

Bend your elbows slightly.

Have you still got your eyes on the ball?

Position yourself side-on to the opposition, this will help protect you if you get tackled after taking the catch.

STEP THREE

Catching a high ball

If you are catching the ball in mid-air, remain side-on and raise one knee towards your waist to protect yourself.

STEP FOUR

Catching a high ball

Catch the ball at or above eye level before bringing the ball into your hands, then your body.

Note: you cannot be tackled while in the air.

STEP FIVE

Catching a high ball

Make sure you land on your feet, otherwise you could end up doing serious damage to yourself.

Once you land, get your body ready for contact - you've got the ball and the opposition want it back, although the referee should be on hand to protect you if you have called for the mark.



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