Practice on-pitch situations, which highlights vision, the utilisation of space and the game skills required to break defences. Defenders to start in varying positions throughout. MORE
Deception and pace break down organised defences. This session teaches a front line attack to pass to a player arriving at speed from a “hidden” second wave using timing, passing and running angles of both front and back players to hide the threat until the last moment.
Warm up time: 5-7
Session time: 10-15
Development time: 5-7
Game time: 10-15
Warm down time: 5-7
How far back should the “hidden threat” stand and when should they start running?
The “threat” player should start at least 5m from the attacking line, so they don’t look part of it. The best threats will start walking into position as the ball enters the set piece or ruck. They continue walking, then jogging before accelerating into position, giving them the best chance of picking the gap.
Don’t forget the inside pass.
Though this session focuses mainly on the player arriving on the outside of the ball carrier, you can adapt plays to include an inside pass.
In a 15m x 7m box, put a ball carrier just behind each set of cones. Make him run forward, then to the side, aiming towards the front cone. The “threat” players run forward at the same time to receive a pass within the cones (see picture 1). Swap “threats” and passers and rotate until all the angles have been explored, including attacking from a different side.
Put three ruck pad holders at one end of a 20m square. Set up five attackers, as in picture 2, and let them choose where to attack. Pad holders can go for front line players or react to what happens.
Put two defenders in the 7m area of a 40m x20m box. Place another four defenders across the rest of the box. Three attackers are outside the 7m area with five more attackers opposite the four defenders (see picture 3).
Get 9 to pass to the three attackers who enter the 7m area, get tackled and ruck. The 9 then passes to the other set of attackers (at least one more than the defence). They should align themselves with at least one “hidden threat”.
Let play develop.