Seven to each team, rugby players pass the ball backwards or kick the ball forwards towards their opponents’ goal area. Rugby is a multi-directional, full-contact sport. Footwork is aggressive, evasive and varied as they – for example – lift the jumper in a line out, hook the ball with their feet during a scrum, and free the ball with their feet during a ruck. The players hone their skills of acceleration – to move into open spaces when they have ball possession, agility – to move laterally, backwards or forwards to follow the ball, and balance – to withstand a tackle.
Agile Footwork – Swerving and Side Stepping
A ball carrier will swerve to avoid being tackled. He moves right up to the defender, both hands holding the ball in front. He swerves to the right (or left, with opposite scenario) using the outside of his left boot and the inside of his right boot. Moving the ball to his right hand away from the defender, he sprints into available space.
The side step, on the other hand, is an instantaneous change of direction by a ball carrier on the run from a defender. Keeping the ball in both hands, he chooses a new direction, shortens his stride, steps wide with his outside leg, shifting his weight there. Looking like he is going to take off from that angle, he quickly shifts his weight to his other leg, pushing off with his outside leg. While the defender is off balance, the ball carrier accelerates out of reach.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)
TRAINING – COMPETITION – PODIUM