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 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

How to improve the ability to beat defenders through gliding 3


in Attack, Practice plans

Subtle changes of angle at full speed help the ball carrier beat defenders who don’t have time to adjust or are set to make the tackle. It can be used either as a one-onone skill or against an organised defence, to break the line. Gliding maintains the player’s balance, so he can pass at pace as well. MORE

Receive and score 2

Receive and score

in Attack, Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

Developing a positive attacking mindset can affect your opponents psychologically. At kick offs, the chasing team does not expect you to open out and attack straight away. They may also be following up in an uncoordinated manner. Take advantage of these opportunities and punish their lackadaisical attitude. MORE

How can it be that simple 2

How can it be that simple?

in Attack, Practice plans

Create more 2 v 1 opportunities with the simple tactic developed in this session. When I have used it, my players have been amazed at how easy it can be to isolate a defender and then beat him. The tactic works especially well from rucks, even slow ones. MORE

How to attack the ball 3

Attack the ball

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

This session works on a common problem – drifting out with the pass. The drift is a natural action that has two unfortunate effects. First it reduces the space for the outside players. Second it allows the defence to drift across. Help your players to break the habit with “attack the ball” running lines. MORE

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