To help your defenders appreciate the value of racing up quickly, give them a hand in training by restricting the space the attack can operate in. Watch our video and then try our simple exercise… MORE
One of the key principles of defence is to stay connected. That means working as a team to close down the options. So, no matter what defensive system you run, the defenders should be aware of their team mates.
In the activity, VIDEO: Funnel defence for line speed, the defenders are rewarded if they use good speed to close down the attackers. As you can see in the video, they don’t always succeed! I found this a particularly good activity to help younger players begin to understand they could be winners in defence.
Inside out is a full practice plan which focuses on players defending from the ruck and, as above, closing down the options. This is really effective to build a defensive system from better self-awareness.
Use the Ruck defence reload scenario to develop roles around the side of the ruck. This simple game-like activity can become very competitive.
Finally, randomise the way the defence starts, so they have to really think about their team mates position. In Cone collectors: Heads up attack and defence, the challenge is on both the attack and the defence to be effective.