Simple patterns of play from breakdowns can create overlaps. Here is a pattern where the players behind the breakdown situation move to one side of the breakdown, leading to an overload. It works on running and handling skills with a real “in-game” feel to the outcomes. MORE
Off the ball and ready to attack – activities and sessions
Every player who’s not carrying the ball in attack needs to think about how they can be effective “off the ball”.
In simple terms, it means realigning to receive the next pass, or the pass after. However, in the chaos of a game, players who are not close to the ball will find it harder to do things like “hold their width” or “maintain their depth”. Lots of jargon already, which can be difficult to comprehend for novice players, let alone more experienced players trying to be more effective.
Here are some activities to develop building blocks to repositioning quickly and effectively.
Collective movement is a full session plan that focuses on moving onto the ball from a ruck.
Turnover attack looks at the transition from defence into attack, where the players have to change their thinking quickly.
Attacking the coffee table develops realignment with the players attacking from the pivot of the fly half.
Ruck retiring – resetting from a loss in ground is a scenario where the initial attack is not moving forward, but backwards, so the attackers have to change their supporting roles to be more effective.
Hold width: Attackers are spread out, so there are opportunities to pass the ball to the players on the flank. If the defence spread out to cover this, then there are more gaps in between the defenders. Otherwise, there are gaps wide out.
Maintain depth: Attackers are able to run onto the ball. Also, if the defence come forward quickly, the attackers can continue to pass the ball with less pressure.