Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent.
Only perfect practice make perfect. Just putting your training time won’t do, especially if it’s the wrong way. All your hard work, sacrifice and discipline won’t mean a thing if you have been training wrong! Surf RUCKINGBALL to see footage on how to tackle, kick, pass the right way. Observe the videos, study them, analyse them but most importantly learn from them. Then go out on the training field and do the same.
Once you see how a move or technique is done, practice it the right way. Over and over. Again and again. Condition yourself to do it the right way. Be patient, don’t expect immediate results; you may even get worse before for a while before you see an improvement, so keep with it.
Great sportsman do this may times during the season. They break the game down into many fundamentals and master each basic skill so that it becomes second nature.
Concentrate during training. On the rugby field many kickers kick the ball the wrong way, they are wasting their time because they are not thinking or trying to correct their mistakes. I have never seen a kicker kick poorly at training and then consistently go out on a match day and do it the right way.
In rugby, like all over sports, there are few basics that must been done the right way. I call these the core skills. If you can do these skills without thinking then when you are fatigue and under pressure during a match these skills will not breakdown.
Remember training time is very valuable. Don’t waste time doing things that you will not do in a game, treat training as a rehearsal before you go and perform at the weekend. This will build confidence.
When it’s game time, you will automatically produce a performance that you will be proud of without even thinking about.