That’s always the best tactic. Yet, the defending team will be hellbent on tackling your attackers. Therefore, you need to be prepared to take contact, and make sure you win those collisions.
Here are a range of activities to develop the skills and decision making to ensure you retain possession, whether your players are brought to the ground or not.
Warm up with Build up to contact. Getting physically doesn’t just mean “big hits”. It is also about manipulating the body to take contact correctly, safely and gain an advantage.
Then develop the physical skills around Ball carrying through contact. This core skills session works on footwork and attacking gaps, rather driving into tacklers.
Should the ball carrier have to go to ground because they are tackled, then the next supporting player needs to know how to deal with the threats. Use Close support for the contact area to improve these techniques.
Finally, put these contact skills into game-like scenarios. Channel contact gives players ever-changing situations to challenge their skills under pressure.
Make your players transfer the ball into the correct hand and use footwork before contact so they can get to the edges of defenders and keep the ball secure. This activity combines simple ball manipulation with footwork to build good habits in contact. MORE
Retain more possession in the tackle contest to generate more quick ball. Make the nearest support player to the ball carrier get closer and make better decisions. This works well in close quarters where there are lots of defenders. MORE
Kick with a purpose, kick with a plan. That means connecting the kicker and the chasers too. Here are some activities to build those connections, plus a bit of back to basics for young players to the game, so they can learn the essentials of how to kick.
Rugby is essentially an invasion game. One of the core skills is evasion, and therefore, by definition, interception. Evasion is not just running to where a defender isn't. It's try to fool them at the same time, to make that easier. Of course, the defender should be thinking the same, just in reverse! MORE
An offload is just another name for a pass out of the tackle. It's a powerful skill because it can create opportunities to attack a less-organised defence. If it is so powerful, why don't more teams use it? Because there are plenty of risks involved, firstly in terms of the difficulty of the skill. Reduce these risks by using the following techniques, activities and games. MORE
Kick offs can be the stuff of nightmares. For some reason, players shutdown from their normal operations and there's a danger that any advantage from just scoring is thrown away. That's just one of many reasons to spend time on the skills needed to secure the ball, skills that some players will only use during this phase of the game. MORE
It's an age-old saying, but often applies to the lineout: don't spend too much time on the tricks when you need to make sure you know the trade. Some coaches will concentrate on clever lineout plays, when in fact a good throw, jump and/or lift can be sufficient in the first place. MORE
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Like other disciplines, rugby has a jargon of its own.
Unless the meanings are explained they can be meaning-less.
That's why I've explained them in plain, simple English and with large, clear illustrations in my manual Rugby Tactics Made Simple.
But not only that, you'll learn how to coach the tactics with my tips. If you’re new to coaching or prefer a more simple style this is a great, straightforward introduction to rugby tactics.
"It highlights the key fundamentals of all aspects of play & gives coaches a good understanding of terminology and techniques at the highest level"- Richard Whiffin, assistant coach at London IrishMORE
Anxious about coaching rugby to children? Maybe you're already coaching, but sometimes struggling to get your points across at training?
Perhaps you sometimes simply run out of preparation time? Possibly you're feeling your sessions are getting dull?
Do you want a few new skills to boost your player's skills now? Or to help your players develop the techniques for seasons ahead? Maybe even the core skills for their whole rugby playing career?
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