Rugby has evolved over the last decade and catching high balls is now a crucial part of the a player’s skill set.

Defences have become very hard to break down meaning that teams kick the ball a lot.

This is often referred to as the ‘aerial battle’ and it can be the difference between winning and losing matches.

In this video, I use three key points that carry across any type of catching…

  • Never take your eyes off the ball
  • High hands – Create a basket between your hands and your chest
  • Meet the ball at the top of your jump.

These elements are vital when catching and it doesn’t matter whether you are chasing a kick or receiving a kick. Using three key points is very helpful to any level of learner as too much information can be very confusing.

Start by practicing these skills in training sessions at a low level with ball being thrown in the air. Then add a high kick to make it harder to judge.

Throwing in chasing attackers to put pressure on the catcher is another way of developing the session as they become more competent.

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