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CoacHclass Top Tips V

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David Doherty

London Wasps CoacHclass is supported by Chiltern Railways

The Fend / Hand off

The Fend / Hand off is just one of the many core rugby skills that will be coached to the Under 13s to Under 16s at our Easter CoacHclasses along with the understanding of when and why the skill would be utilised within the game of rugby.

To Fend / Hand Off is used to create space while running by pushing off a defender. It is skills such as this that have helped to make players such as Phil Vickery, Tom Rees, Tom Palmer and Ayoola Erinle such valuable assets to London Wasps and have helped to make the Gold 'n' Blacks one of this season's Heineken Cup Quarter-Finalists.

Key Factors:

  • Prepare to side step or swerve around an opposing player
  • Transfer the ball to the arm furthest from the tackler
  • While side-stepping or swerving, if the tackler comes within an arms length, use an open hand to push the tackler away
  • Hand on tackler's head, shoulder or chest
  • Straighten the arm
  • Push away
  • Lean on the tackler and push your own hips and legs away from his outstretched arms

Coaching Points:

  • The fend/push off is only effective if the tackler gets within an arms length
  • This allows the ball carrier to exert force to either push the tackler away or knock away the arms as the tackle is attempted
  • If the fend is not successful, it is difficult to maintain continuity because the ball is held in one hand
Hugo Ellis

Common Errors:

  • Raising the arm too early, therefore allowing the tackler to drive underneath
  • A straight arm, as opposed to a bent arm, pushing away on contact
  • Not focusing on the target or contact zone on the defender

CoacHclass Top Tips Series

CoacHclass Top Tips - Popping the ball out of the tackle
CoacHclass Top Tips II - Decision-making in attack
CoacHclass Top Tips III - Rucking
CoacHclass Top Tips IV - Evasive Running

Dominic Waldouck

3-day Easter CoacHclass at Oxford RFC on 2nd to 4th April 2007

2-day Easter CoacHclass at Brighton RFC on 5th & 6th April 2007

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