Before I continue I would like to thank the management and players for their punctuality and good behavior during the trails. Players that was playing matches for their union clubs joined in with no excuse.
We started the session with basic handling skills, giving an in depth explanation of what Rugby League requires. Lost of questions were answered and the players quickly grasp the concept.
Moving on to some advanced handling drills, they showed good understanding of what we wanted to accomplish. Here we noticed some good skills between players.
Having a break and explaining the need of foot work was step 3. Giving them shuffle work between cones with ball in hand. We could clearly see the incorrect placement of weight in players’ foot work and corrected it.
With the rain pouring down we took a break and moved to the pavilion and used this time to talk in general about League, common misunderstood rules, plays and in general what makes a player perform to strict credentials of being a Rhino player.
The second part of the day saw players leaving for their union responsibilities but still had a lot of player remaining.
We started of with more foot work (early and late foot work). This was done in combinations of running, taking contact and passing the ball to support runners. This can be prior to contact and after contact. The drill was set in three different stages and was well received and completed.
The end of the session we concentrated on the tackle and defense work. First, second and third tackler. Taking to the ground and some basic skills of what and when to do certain skills.
During all this Monica took every players picture and detail.
Over all. We where very impressed by the skill and talent we have in the Western Province. A definite potential for player to join the TriWNation squad.