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 create phases from a static start 3

Phases from static starts

in Attack, Practice plans

Work on improving player timing and realignment by forcing players to begin a phase from a static start. Though many drills start in this way, you want to emphasise the stationary position. This will activate the mind because players will be thinking ahead. This might sort the more astute from the tactically less aware. MORE

Max out on fixing

in Attack, Rugby drills

There are times when you want maximum participation for a small unit skill. Here, you can use lots of small boxes to play fixing games with 2 v 1 situations. You can move easily around the boxes, observing and feeding back. MORE

How to approach flat speed balls 2

Flat speed

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

A player who is flat does not have a good chance of generating much speed to take the ball on - such as when gathering the ball from a ruck. Therefore they have to make best use of the available space. There are two key elements: Taking the pass in a way that does not compromise the player while not providing an easy target for a tackler. MORE

Double up the tip pass

in Attack, Passing & Handling

A tip pass is a short flat pass where the passer can immediately support the receiver as they go into contact. It can unbalance the defence because of the change of focus and helps dent the defence. Creating 2 v1  mismatches is just as effective in close as in space. The power of two is a powerful weapon. MORE

How to execute set piece with the 12 option 2

Set piece 12 options

in Attack, Backs moves, Practice plans

The second receiver from a ruck or set piece needs to act as a ballcarrying option or a support player for close contact in the 10 channel. The 12 (inside centre) is the most likely player for this. This session works on key options so they become second nature. MORE

How to execute long pass plays 2

Long pass plays

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Develop long passing for specific plays. This session works on running lines and timing as well as improving accuracy of passing in match-like situations. You should be able to run these throughout the season, making this an essential session. MORE

How to coach up and at em 2

Up and at ’em

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

This is a tough, physical session that works on players going forward in narrow spaces. The emphasis should be on ball retention in contact, with players using footwork to get to the edges of defenders while going forward. If their progress is stopped, they should recycle and attack the next space. MORE

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