Developing the tunnel drill, the pairs exercise requires the supporting player to time their runs, plus provides a moving target for the first passer. MORE
Attack with twice the threat
Using two first receivers enables you to exploit mismatches or attack weak defenders on either side of the ruck. You can even attack space from deep if opposition wings drop back for the clearing kick.
If you only have one good first receiver, players tend to pass to him even when it’s not the best option. This activity works on a two-receiver approach.
- Start by getting both first receivers comfortable taking the ball on either side of the breakdown and moving onto the pass.
- Put a clearing passer and two receivers (left and right) on a cone.
- Put a ball by a cone 10m in front of them and a defender a few metres beyond that.
- The three attackers run forward.
- As the passer picks up the ball, the defender moves forward.
- Depending on the defender’s movement, the passer should pass to the receiver on the opposite side.
- To develop, first add four attackers and two defenders.
- Then two more defenders.
- It’s now more game-related and puts the skills under increasing pressure.
- Deciding which side to attack is still the key element.
- Both receivers, and the clearing passer as he approaches the ball, should scan for space.
- Communicate which side to attack.
- Receivers should practise on both sides.