EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Rip, deep and flat

To play a dynamic game, skills have to be executed accurately and effectively. This session focuses on getting the ball away from a contact situation while it is off the ground, and passing it to a receiver to lead the next attack.

The key is to be quick and efficient.


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


What to think about

The objective is to go forward in a dynamic style, so your players have to be mentally alert.

The initial ball carrier is the key to a positive outcome. He has to be aggressive and present the ball after contact. This will make it easier for the player ripping the ball out.

The third and fourth players then have to time their runs for the deep and flat pass. If the contact and rip are effective, it helps these players get their timing right and continue the next attack.

Set-up

  1. Attack the defender. After contact stay on your feet to let the support player rip the ballout. By keeping the ball off the ground you can go forward and deliver the pass easier and quicker.
  2. The initial pass is deep to give the attack time and space. The second pass is flat and to a runner at full pace.

What you get your players to do

Organise the players into groups of six. Have the lead player attack two defenders holding ruck pads, hitting them, turning and presenting the ball.

The second attacker follows and rips the ball. He then passes it directly back to the third attacker, who delivers a flat pass to the fourth attacker to take at full pace.

Hit the pads. Rip the ball. First pass deep. Second pass flat. Ensure all players practise each role.

Hit the pads. Rip the ball. First pass deep. Second pass flat. Ensure all players practise each role.


Development

Organise another group of three players who support the player taking the flat pass, repeating the contact, rip, deep pass and flat pass against two more ruck pad holders.

Vary the roles of the players by passing the ball along the line of four, with them reacting to your signal. Whoever is holding the ball attacks and takes contact. The other three organise themselves to rip, pass deep and pass flat.

Develop the session by adding more players and repeating the drill in a continuous attack.

Develop the session by adding more players and repeating the drill in a continuous attack.


Game situation

Split your squad into two teams of eight. Play a contact game, re-starting always with a tap and pass.

Condition contact so the ball carrier is kept on their feet, so no low tackles. From contact, the ball is ripped, passed deep and then passed flat. Encourage the players to stay on their feet and play in a dynamic manner.

In a game, the contact point attracts defenders. Because the rip and pass is quick and dynamic, the ball can be moved to space at speed.

In a game, the contact point attracts defenders. Because the rip and pass is quick and dynamic, the ball can be moved to space at speed.


What to call out

  • “Hit the pad and turn”
  • “Come in low and hard to rip the ball”
  • “Rip and turn”
  • “Pass deep, pass flat”
  • “Time the run”
  • “Hit the ball at full pace”
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