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.

Random 3v2 alignments

in Attack

Practice on-pitch situations, which highlights vision, the utilisation of space and the game skills required to break defences. Defenders to start in varying positions throughout. MORE

Scan and attack

in Attack

Create scenarios for your attackers to react to different defensive positions. By feeding the ball to different starting players, the attack has to adjust quickly to win a 3v2 MORE

How to promote threats from the deep 2

Hidden threats from the deep

in Attack, Practice plans

Deception and pace break down organised defences. This session teaches a front line attack to pass to a player arriving at speed from a “hidden” second wave using timing, passing and running angles of both front and back players to hide the threat until the last moment. MORE

Second receiver options

in Attack, Rugby drills

The second receiver from a ruck or set piece needs to act as a ball carrying option or a support player for a close contact in the 10 channel. Often it’s the 12, but all players need to practise these skills. MORE

Pod-by-pod go forward

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

In the multi-phase game, it is essential forwards are used in small groups. Each group wins the next breakdown in turn, avoiding aimless shifting from one ruck to the next. These groups are called “pods”. This session develops a pod system. MORE

How to improve ball presentation in the breakdowns as well as the speed 3

Speed post

in Attack, Practice plans

Your team need a range of tactics to improve the presentation of the ball at the point of contact. One method, which should not be confused with squeeze ball, is posting the ball between the legs during the contact, with other players clearing out defenders. It should provide quick ball, with the defence on the back foot. MORE

Flat speed

in Attack, Rugby drills

Sometimes a player has to come forward from a standing start. They need to make best use of the space in front of them to beat the defenders and create go forward. Fight for every inch in contact, even from a standing start. MORE

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