“The supporting player starts in front of the ball carrier, while the defender has his back to the attack. When you shout play, with the supporting player walking forward and the defender out of position, the players will have to think quickly to come up with winning solutions.” MORE
It is an oft-used mantra to ‘play what you see’. With this in mind, here’s a fun way to ask your players to read a defence and react in a manner that brings success.
- Split into two teams. Each team has two players in bibs.
- Play touch rugby, with endless touches, and if the attacker is touched, they have to pass.
- Stand behind the attack with three different coloured cones (WHITE, RED, GREEN).
- WHITE: The defence to work together defending.
- RED: All defenders must hold onto players either side of them.
- GREEN: The bib players must drop back 10m behind the defensive line.
- After a score, the attack realign and attack again from the line they just scored on.
- Start with a WHITE cone, then play for around a minute before moving to a RED cone. Then after another minute, play with a GREEN cone.
- Allow the attack to chat for two minutes about what they can improve and then start the game again.
- At the end of the second attempt. Allow the defence a chance to be the attack to see if they have learned anything by trying to stop the attack.
The coach only speaks to the defence. The attack is left to their own devices until after a second attempt. Then you can walk in and ask them what they noticed and how they could improve if they had a third shot at the activity – you can choose if you wish to give them a third opportunity.