EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Obtuse, acute and right

Use this session to improve your players’ ability to break down an organised defence, simply by changing their running angles. It is not about fancy footwork in front of the defence. The ball carrier must hit a point and then move off at an angle with pace and force.


Warm up time: 7-10
Session time: 5-8
Development time: 15-20
Game time: 15-20
Warm down time: 7-10


What to think about

  • Are the passes being dropped regularly?Because the receiver’s angle is moving away or coming towards the passer, the weight of the pass is crucial. Too hard or too weak and the pass becomes difficult to catch. Have the group practice with no defence, working on long and short passes.
  • Are the players changing angles or starting their run at the same angle?Get the players to run slower to start with and then accelerate as they change their angle of run. This avoids a curve effect on the run.

Set-up

  1. Decide on the gap you are going to attack in the defence and which player will penetrate the defence.
  2. Angle the run away from or into the passer.
  3. Support the ball carrier through the defensive line and beyond it.

What you get your players to do

Split your players into groups of four attackers. Mark out with tackle pads or poles a flat defensive formation of four defenders.

The attackers have to beat the bags or poles, with one of them taking a pass at an angle to put them through a gap in the defence. He must pass again straight after making the break.

To begin with this can be planned. However as the practice develops, and the players become more comfortable, give them less time to organise and plan their attack.

To develop angle of running and weight of pass, work in pairs with the receiver running straight forward before changing angle and receiving a pass.

To develop angle of running and weight of pass, work in pairs with the receiver running straight forward before changing angle and receiving a pass.


Development

  • As each group arrives at the starting position, start them immediately so they have little or no planning time and the attack becomes more of a decision making exercise.
  • Ask the players to vary their attack. Ensure over the session that each space is attacked, using angles in and out from the penetrating player.
  • Instead of poles or tackle pads, use live defenders.
Four attackers use running angles to penetrate through the defence.

Four attackers use running angles to penetrate through the defence.


Game situation

Stand four players in a flat defensive formation, with another two defenders 10 metres behind them. Six attackers have to penetrate the initial line of four defenders and then support each other to beat the second line of two defenders.

Six attackers have to beat the initial formation of four defenders, before facing two defenders behind.

Six attackers have to beat the initial formation of four defenders, before facing two defenders behind.


What to call out

  • “Pass the ball in front of the receiver”
  • “Run on to the pass and fix a defender”
  • “Change your angle of run late, to deceive the defence”
  • “Use a simple call of “short” or “long” for the type of pass you want”
  • “Hit the ball at full pace close to the defence”
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