Pit forwards against the backs in this exercise to develop straight running and quick handling. It puts your players’ skills under pressure and the session can be adapted to suit groups of any size. MORE
Get your players working on 2 v 1s in tight and wide situations. In all cases the ball carrier needs to attack the inside shoulder of the defender. However, the different widths of the channels make the style of pass different. A good session for both backs and forwards working together.
Warm up time: 5-7
Session time: 8-10
Development time: 10-15
Game time: 10-15
Warm down time: 5-8
What to think about
A 2 v 1 is not as straightforward as many coaches make out. Defenders don’t always do what they are told in a match so attackers need to practise lots of different situations.
Rugby league players make this skill look easy because they practise it relentlessly. You should do the same and have a variety of exercises ready to use.
Make sure that the defenders either “tackle” or “intercept” which means the ball carrier always has the option to dummy.
- Ball carrier: Attack the defender hard, don’t take up the supporting player’s space.
- Supporting player: Find the space, accelerate onto the pass.
What you get your players to do
Put two players 5m behind a feeder on the middle line. Put a defender 5m in front of the feeder . Show which channel the ball carrier must attack and release the attackers and defender. The defender has to touch the ball carrier with two hands or intercept.
Put three attackers at one corner of a 15m square. Put a defender on the same edge about 5m away.
The ball is fed to the first two attackers who aim to beat the defender in the narrow channel. If this defender is beaten, then the attackers can use the wide channel to beat the second defender (see picture 3). Use scrag tackling or full tackling.
Put a defender in the middle of the box and one on the corner. Put three attackers at the other end. They attack into the box, having to beat both defenders without the ball carrier being touched.
What to call out
- “Ball carrier: Keep straight and have two hands on the ball”
- “Support player: Put space between you and the ball carrier”
- “Don’t be afraid to dummy, or even dummy and then pass, to keep the defender engaged”