EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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Improve the players’ lateral agility and then speed with this reaction race. It starts simply, but the variations will create challenges for all the participants.

ACTIVITY

  1. A ball carrier moves laterally between two cones
  2. The defender mirrors them
  3. ŽOnce the ball carrier goes past the cone, it’s race to the line

DEVELOPMENT 1

  1. ŒAdd in another attacker and defender. They move but either helping or hinder the sight of the attacker and defender

DEVELOPMENT 2

  1. Give the extra attacker a ball. He or she is now marked by the outside defender, while the outside attacker is marked by the inside defender

WHY USE IT

All players need to be able to move in a balanced way side-to-side, especially in defensive situations.

SET UP

A 15m box, cones, and a couple of balls.

HOW TO DO IT

ACTIVITY

  • A ball carrier and defender face each other about 5m apart in the middle of the box.
  • The ball carrier moves laterally between the cones. Once they have stepped beyond the cones they must make a run for one of the lines. The defender aims to beat them to that line.
  • Either you or a line judge calls if they’ve stepped over the line to trigger the race.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • Put another attacker and defender between the original players. They move side-to-side as well, aiming to block the view of the opposition.
  • Give the other attacker a ball. Now the inside defender marks the outside attacker and the outside defender marks the inside attacker. Each attacker triggers their own defender, not both.

TECHNIQUE

Have fun.

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