When you play good rugby catching skills are very important. With these skills
you will find you are involved, confident and a valued member of the team.
Before you are able to do anything with the rugby ball in a game
you must control the ball.
Make sure you hold the ball well and keep practicing your handling.skills
You can do this easily if you go to the handling pages (Core skills)
before you start on your catching.
Then it`s time to
get to grips with rugby catching basics.
Confidently deal with catching situations
Accept a pass
It`s an important skill.
It means you will always play
an important part in rugby games
when you and your team
move the ball around the field
searching out weakness in the defence.
Weaknesses may be gaps in the defence
or mismatches of players
in, say, speed, size or condition.
How you catch a pass
in different situations in rugby
is covered in
catching a pass.
When the ball is high
Often in rugby the ball is kicked.
Many times it will be kicked high into the air
to gain as much ground as possible
and prevent opposition players from
stopping the forward movement of the ball.
At the same time, kicking the high ball
is used to unsettle players in the opposing team
about to catch the ball.
Skill and courage are required to catch the high ball
when a number of opposition players
are racing towards you
as you concentrate on the ball.
You are confident and successful catching the high ball
when you know how to deal with this situation
When it's rolling
Sometimes kicks are put through defences to break through and score.
You may find you are faced with the ball rolling towards you.
You must deal with it.
You deal easily with catching a rolling ball
as you will know what to expect and what to do.
When it's bouncing
Other kicks are put through defences so players don`t have to carry the ball
through the defensive line.
When you know
how to go about catching a bouncing ball
you will find you deal well with the situation when the ball is bobbling
and bouncing across the pitch.
Practice enough and you will know exactly what to do.