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Enhance your rugby evasion skills
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South African cricketers Boeta Dippenaar and Mark Boucher play a game of touch rugby
Use your change of pace to avoid being tagged
Aim: To get to the other side of a square and avoid getting tagged by the player in the middle.

Drill: Mark out a square or grid using the four markers depending on the size of the group.

One player stands in the middle of the square and faces the rest of the group - they are the "defender".

Then, on the whistle, the other players - the "attackers" - run to the other side of the grid, trying to avoid getting tagged by the defender.

If an attacker is touched by the defender, they themselves become a defender and try to tag the other players.

The game is over when the final attacker is caught.

They then become the defender in the next game.

Benefits: This drill is a good way of practicing and improving your evasion skills.

Often, the defender will pinpoint one particular player to "tackle".

If you are that player, make sure to use the sidestep and swerve to avoid the tackle.

This drill is also a great way of improving your change of pace as the defender approaches.



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What you need
Six or more players
Six or more rugby balls, depending on how many players
Four markers (eg cones, clothing etc)
One whistle

Set yourself targets
How many sidesteps or swerves can you do in one run?
How many times can I get over to the other side without being caught?

Variation
Instead of the touch tackle, use a tag tackle. This is more physical than touch, but it is not a full proper tackle


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