EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Attack around the corner

Any player who loops around another or peels round from a lineout, is running around a corner. That corner is defended by just one player. Attacking around the corner creates an extra attacker. If the corner is taken sharply, without much loss of pace, then there is good chance for a break. This session develops those skills.


Warm up time: 5
Session time: 5-8
Development time: 6-9
Game time: 15-20
Warm down time: 5


What to think about

A corner in rugby is where a player has to run around and behind one of his own players before running forward.

In most cases, a loop or peel needs the running player to go backward a little before he can go forward.

Sometimes the ball carrier can go far enough forward to make this less pronounced. However, most players will have to work on an arc of run to make sure they are hitting full speed once they have turned the corner.

A loop or peel pass tends to be a short pass. Therefore, to give the receiver more chance to sight the ball in the air, the passer has to give the ball a little more air, perhaps pushing it upwards.

Set-up

  1. Run an arc to be in position to take the ball running up the field.
  2. Attack the ball.
  3. Ball carrier: preserve and pass into the space where the runner will be, but throw the pass upwards a little.

What you get your players to do

Split into pairs with a ball. Put the ball carrier about 5m away from another player facing him. The ball carrier throw the ball to the other player above head height.

He then follows the pass and receives the ball back as he turns and moves up the field (a peel). The second player loops around and receives a pass back.

Use cones to help produce better running lines. Develop by introducing a defender to pressurise either player.

After throwing the ball to the standing player, the first player peels around the back, and receives a pass before passing to the looping player.

After throwing the ball to the standing player, the first player peels around the back, and receives a pass before passing to the looping player.


Development

Put five players in a line, with a jumping group of three in the middle. Another player is ready to throw the ball in. Against this group, put 2-3 defenders opposite the jumping group and another two defenders about 5-8m back from the line.

The ball is then thrown in to the attacking team with no contest. Then play normal rugby, with the attack using a peel either to the front or back of the line. Use full contact.

An attacker peels around the front or the back of the lineout after the ball is thrown in. They can drive forward after the catch as well.

An attacker peels around the front or the back of the lineout after the ball is thrown in. They can drive forward after the catch as well.


Game situation

Put three attackers and two defenders on the cones as shown in the bottom picture. The first attacker passes the ball and then loops behind his team mates. Using full tackling, the attack aim to score at the far end.

The attack use loops to beat the defence coming forward at an angle.

The attack use loops to beat the defence coming forward at an angle.


What to call out

  • “Step in before passing on the loop”
  • “Arc up the field as soon as possible”
  • “Call for the ball so the passer knows where you are”
  • “Keep the passes short and soft”
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