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.

How to provide supporting runs and options 2

Supporting the big beasts

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Some players are built for taking the ball into the heart of the defence: these big beasts are your primary runners. But they must rely on support players to provide options – whether for a pass, offload in the tackle, or help in the contact area. MORE

Creating hidden threats

in Attack, Rugby drills

Using two lines of attack can create chaos as the opposition struggles to cope with deep-lying attackers running late into gaps. Work on these “hidden threats” with this punchy exercise. Second-line players can choose when and where to enter the front line as it reaches the defensive line. That leaves defenders caught between covering different spaces. MORE

VIDEO: 2 v 2 attacking the gap to break...

in Attack, Rugby coaching videos

Develop footwork from the ball carrier to attack a gap between two defenders and then pass out of the tackle to a supporting player.  This is a powerful tactic to create line breaks against a defensive line. The drill works on evasive skills, offloading and support play. Former Worcester Warrior coach Richard Hill explains the detail. MORE

How to provide support from counter attacks 1

Support seekers

in Attack, Practice plans

Retrieving kicks can mean a chance to counter attack, but it carries risks. Your ball carrier is likely to be behind his team mates and therefore needs to find support so he does not become isolated. This session is about players’ options when running with the ball. MORE

How to develop options in contact by providing the offload option 2

Offload or not

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Continuity out of the tackle is one of the most powerful weapons to break down defences. Players have to decide whether they can offload or go to ground and wait for support. Players must either risk making a pass or keep the ball and present it safely. MORE

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