Improve your backfield players understanding where to run and how to cover kicks. Help them anticipate where the opposition are likely to kick to ensure they catch the ball on the full. MORE
Receive and score
Developing a positive attacking mindset can affect your opponents psychologically. At kick offs, the chasing team does not expect you to open out and attack straight away. They may also be following up in an uncoordinated manner. Take advantage of these opportunities and punish their lackadaisical attitude.
Warm up time: 7-10
Session time: 10-15
Development time: 10-15
Game time: 10-15
Warm down time: 7-10
What to think about
Some players have difficulty timing their jump for the ball and catching it above their heads. In training, use a consistent feed to enable them to gain confidence and timing.
The next step is to ask them to move a pace or two and jump, before making the feed higher and longer. Tell them to react like a football (soccer) goalkeeper coming out to catch a cross.
The next stage is to pass to a runner, which sounds easy, but again the timing can be difficult. Ensure there are two or three runners varying their timing so that the receiver can choose which one is best for him to pass to.
- Ensure you cover all the areas and field the ball before it bounces.
- As the ball is kicked, call early for the catch.
- The rest of the receivers must immediately take up a position to attack.
- Once the ball is caught, pass it to a support runner who takes the ball forward running at pace.
- Support, pass and run up the pitch – and score.
What you get your players to do
Split your players into threes with a ball. Practise getting the receiver of the kick off to jump and catch the ball above the head. Start first with a throwing feed, before moving onto a kick from hand, finally using a drop kick. Once the ball is caught, it’s immediately passed away to a runner.
As your receivers become competent at this, move onto groups of players receiving the kick off. As they receive the kick, they should develop passing the ball away quickly and advancing up the pitch.
- Vary who receives the kick off.
- Vary the starting positions.
- Kick to the right, left and centre of the pitch.
- Add opponents to chase the kick off and put more pressure on the receiver.
Split into two teams of between 8 and 10. One of the teams kicks off from their own try line. The receiving team has to catch and then attack. The attacking team scores 2 points if they can score with no breakdowns and one point if they score with only one breakdown. All kick offs must go at least 15m, but restart if it goes over the far line. Each team receives five kick offs and then swaps over.
What to call out
- “Move and jump”
- “Talk to the receiver – he needs to know who to pass to”
- “Wider players – look to hit good angles as the attack develops”