Favourite position?

No, this is not that sort of blog!!!!! 😉

 Been having an issue of late with my positioning at the breakdown. Been getting infield, sorting out the breakdown, moving out and then getting stuck. Using the clock analogy, I would say Im getting to about the 4 o’clock spot.

 I’m not getting square on (an old problem!) but then letting the ball go behind me. Makes me unsighted and flat footed.

Working hard at it, but any suggestions?

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  1. Tel

     /  2 November, 2007

    Positioning sounds good to me. When possession is definitively secured try taking one pace forward towards the defending in-goal and then once hands on by acting half-back spin so that you can see the flight of the ball to the fly half this will get motion and momentum into your movement (ie you will be on the balls of your feet) allowing you to get going after the ball.

    Be there, get in
    get out , step, then spin

  2. Bryan

     /  7 November, 2007

    Assuming you want to keep taking a position on the attacking O/S line, there are a number of reasons why you are letting the ball pass behind your back:

    i. not getting there fast enough, so you don’t have time to turn with the ball (unlikely as I’m guessing you’re in good shape)

    ii. You are not anticipating the delivery of the ball from the scrum-half, so by the time the ball is released it is already behind you

    iii. You are not used to turning with the ball and have let the ball move behind you become a habit.

    Further on from Tel’s comments, once you are at 4 O’clock, don’t keep your feet square. Instead, keep the foot in the direction that you are going to move slightly ahead, so that you use it as a pivot point.

    For example, you’re on the RHS of the ruck, with the ball about to be moved right. Once you’ve backed out, keep your right foot slightly ahead and out from your body. That way, when you turn, you swing around on your right foot, pivoting as the ball moves from the scrumhalf to the flyhalf. Furthermore, it allows to you back in to a space onto the defending O/S line, leaving room from defenders to move up and thus not get in your way (or vice versa). This of course assumes the phase will cross the gainline. If not, you’ll have to swing back around.

    Otherwise, you could try the “jockey”. For reference, have a look at Honiss.

  3. Thanks chaps. About to analyse game from last week to see how things looked. Felt much better so thanks for your counsel!


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