EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Attack

Rugby attack patterns are used to get your players to make the most of the attacking opportunities that come their way during a game. In these attacking drills I look at ways to create chances for your attackers, rugby games that will sharpen their reactions near the try line, and tips on how to coach your attackers to be try-machines.

Inside tracking 3

Inside tracking

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Against an organised defence the chances to break the line with a pass are reduced. However, by drifting out and then passing back in the ball carrier can create an opportunity, because defenders often become lazy and don’t cover the inside pass. The skill comes from the receiver “tracking” inside the passer, following his drift. MORE

2 v 1s reloads

in Attack, Rugby drills

Use this continuous 2 v 1 exercise to keep the players thinking and adjusting with slightly different scenarios each time. It will also help develop communication. No 2 v 1 situation is the same, so why train specific situations when you can continually mix it up with this activity. MORE

How to support your passes 2

Inside support

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

One of the main principles of attack in rugby is support. The passer is often the closest player in support of the receiver and yet may not always follow the pass. Even if he does, he needs to get in the best position to receive a return pass. This session works on getting support players on the inside of the ball carrier. MORE

In the pocket 2

In the pocket

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

It is rare that a move penetrates the line and leads to a free run to the try line. The “penetrating runner” will be the focus of the defence. He is now “in the pocket”, in space behind the defensive line but with covering defenders closing in. He needs to find his support and his support need to find him. MORE

How to adapt when attacking 2

Adapt in attack

in Attack, Practice plans

It is important that your players are aware of the different roles in attack from broken play. Though some may rarely play that role in the game, a greater understanding of the needs of other players will improve their own all round decision making. MORE

Collective movement 3

Collective movement

in Attack, Practice plans

Simple patterns of play from breakdowns can create overlaps. Here is a pattern where the players behind the breakdown situation move to one side of the breakdown, leading to an overload. It works on running and handling skills with a real “in-game” feel to the outcomes. MORE

How to improve the ability to beat well organised defences 2

Obtuse, acute and right

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Use this session to improve your players’ ability to break down an organised defence, simply by changing their running angles. It is not about fancy footwork in front of the defence. The ball carrier must hit a point and then move off at an angle with pace and force. MORE

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