EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Large-sided games to improve support, realignment, turnover attack and drop outs

If you have a large squad for a training session, you will want to keep them motivated and active in a session. If there’s just one or two of coaches, then a large-sided game is a great way to pursue skills and tactics within one activity.

The best games have only a few rules. In our VIDEO: Support games – large numbers, Ben Pegna challenges his players to think about how they will support the ball carrier in different scenarios. Note his use of “constraints” which change the shape of the game.

In a more “equipment” heavy session, Up and down and realign focuses both attack and defence. Sean Holley’s exercise tests the tactical awareness of players as the opposition shapes change. In terms of equipment, the ruck pads are a bonus for the set-up, but you don’t need them for the game itself.

Play the turnover game to give your players’ the opportunities to explore ways to turn attack into defence. It should give you about the right amount of chaos.

Finally, the Drop-out pressure game, while it focuses on one small aspect of restarts initially, builds into a tactical awareness activity.



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