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A session to help increase attacking options against a flat defence and communication between players, the chipper and chaser. MORE
Create a heads-up defensive system where the players are far more aware of the situation in front of them. That means they know if they can commit to a dominant tackle, or have to hold their position to ensure the attacking team can’t exploit gaps.
The ABvC training game works on just that.
Problem solving, team work, different attacking and defensive pictures, skill/technique exposure.
As a coach, just referee! Your only “tactical” call will be on whether the defensive play to create a turnover has been executed.
In a 10 v 5 game, if the attacking team don’t score from the first phase, then it becomes a 8 v 5 game after every “touch”. The defending team have to realign quickly and then decide whether to go for a dominant play, or hold off. It’s risk and reward. If they take too many risks when they aren’t well-positioned, they are going to find themselves defending for a long time!
Having played this with teams ranging from a good U18s school side, down to U12s, the attacking teams tend to be the ones who struggle most at the start. Then they “get it”. You can guess this yourself: the space is on the edges of the defence, so a couple of quick passes from a quick ruck should give them more chances to exploit the defence.
Because the attacking groups are “turning over” their personnel regularly, the clever defenders are now becoming the attackers, so there’s plenty of opportunities for players to share their expertise.