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CoacHclass Top Tips VI

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The Three-Point Principle before, during and after contact


The Three-Point Principle before, during and after contact is just one of the many core rugby skills that will be coached at our Easter CoacHclasses along with the understanding of when and why the skill would be utilised within the game of rugby.

The Three-Point Principle before, during and after contact is used to recognise, create and utilise space around a defender at close-quarters. It is skills such as this that have helped to make players such as Phil Vickery, Tom Rees, Tom Palmer and James Haskell 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:


Three-Point Principle (moving to the left of the defender)
  • Approach the defender with the ball in two hands
  • Recognise the space on the left side of the defender
  • (Point One) Step to the left of the defender with the left foot
  • (Point Two) Transfer the weight of the body on to the right foot
  • (Point Three) Transfer the weight of the body back on to the left foot, move the ball on to the left hip in the left hand and use the open right hand to fend off the defender if the tackler comes within an arms length
  • Accelerate in to the space

Coaching Points:


  • The principle will only be successful if the player displays good foot placement and is on his toes
  • The fend / hand 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

Common Errors:


  • Failing to recognise space
  • Being flat-footed when approaching a defender
  • Stepping too close or two far away from the defender
  • Failing to move the ball away from the potential contact area
  • 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
  • Failing to accelerate away from 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
CoacHclass Top Tips V The Fend / Hand Off

Easter CoacHclass


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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