Use this activity to develop your players’ understanding of their roles and responsibilities from a scrum. You could use this against a scrum machine as well. MORE
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.
Warm up time: 7-10
Session time: 5-10
Development time: 10-15
Game time: 10-15
Warm down time: 7-10
Are the players drifting across too much and being pushed towards touch?
Because the receiver’s angle is moving away from the point of the pass they may naturally drift. However ask one of the wider players to straighten up his line of running and this will help the whole attack straighten.
Are the players running onto the pass or taking it statically?
Use starting cones in various positions for each player and experiment with what is the best alignment to generate pace onto the ball.
Split your players into groups of four attackers. Mark out with cones, ruck pads or poles a scrum or ruck. Put a clearing passer behind this set up. Mark out a flat defensive formation of four static defenders (using poles or cones), two on each side of the breakdown. Position two attackers on each side of the “ruck”. On your signal they all move right or left, with the two players moving from one side of the breakdown to join their team mates as they collectively move and attack the two static defenders (poles).
Split into two teams of eight. Start with touch rugby before developing it into contact. From every re-start and breakdown the attacking team must collectively move and attack one side of the pitch in numbers. This will develop the player’s ability to work together and create overlaps. In the early stages it is wise to help the players organise themselves by you deciding on the timing of the delivery from each tackle situation. Once the players get used to it, let them decide how to proceed.