Six Nations’ Lessons: Wales classic multiple 2 v 1 try from England’s kick off

This weekend, Wales scored a magnificent try against England, executing FOUR “2 v 1” situations in quick succession to score a try that started inside their own 22m area.

Two attackers against one defender is a classic decision-making training scenario. There are lots of different ways to set it up. Here are four activities which ensure that there are plenty of variations to keep the players focused on using accurate skills under pressure.

2 v 1s reloads is an excellent warm-up exercise for handling. The players are constantly adjusting their involvements, and every defender is coming in from different angles.

If you want to take it up a level, try the activities in this VIDEO: Much more than a simple 2 v 1 drill. Developed by Colin Philips, he introduces some interesting twists and turns.

To challenge your players further, and replicate scenarios more like the try by Wales, Damian McGrath’s 3 v 2 v 1 v 1 game is ideal. Expect a few mistakes in this one, but loads of learning.

Finally, let’s not forget the other side of the ball. Defending the 2 v 1 looks more at the role of tackler, and how they can cut down attackers’ options.

My own tip for really successful 2 v 1 (or 3 v 2 etc) training is to give the defenders some incentive to succeed. For example, a little reward if they stop the attackers. Perhaps, they have to make the attackers perform a star jump if the defender wins.

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