Sometimes the players are not perfectly aligned from an attacking ruck and have to adjust their running lines accordingly. This game-like session helps to adjust. This is a good session to mix up forwards and backs. You can also identify decision-makers who happily take on the role of the first receiver. MORE
Build up the relationship between 9 and 10 as the fly half assesses his options and takes the pass from 9 ready to release players around him.
Your 10 needs to understand the strength, speed and height of the passes from his 9 so he can adjust his own running lines and distance from his partner.
- Set the box as above. Adjust the distances to suit your players.
- Put a scrum half and a forward behind the first ruck pad. The forward steps over the ball and the scrum half passes out to a first receiver who attacks a ruck-pad holder in front of him.
- He uses any pass he likes to feed a supporting player either side of him.
- Once the pass is completed, the attacking players realign for a pass from the second pad and repeat for each pad.
- Put down four coloured (or numbered) cones as in the middle picture.
- Put a forward over the first cone and a scrum half behind him.
- Put five defenders and five attackers (each with a letter) at each end, and the 10 in the box.
- You call out a cone, the letters of the attackers you want to attack and the number of defenders to step to defend.
- The the forward puts the ball by the cone you said and steps over when the scrum half says so and the 10 plays what’s in front of him.
- Make sure the defenders stay onside.
- Follow through with the hands and body towards 10.
- Give the 9 a target and don’t drift away from the pass