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.

Instinctive reaction in handling

in Attack, Rugby drills

Make players react instinctively to each other with this thought-provoking activity, says former Tigers coach, Mike Penistone. When we consider support play we should expect the ball carrier to go where his instincts take him and the support players to react instinctively. MORE

How to make breaks using ins and outs 3

Ins and outs

in Attack, Backs moves, Practice plans

Running complex attack patterns to break the tackle line often doesn’t succeed. The same outcome can be achieved by the late movement of a strike runner into space and a well delivered pass. Running lines known as “ins” and “outs” can be used at any level of the game and, if well executed, will lead to more clean breaks. MORE

Pick up and run

in Attack, Practice plans

Straight after the tackle, once the ball is placed on the ground, players often have the chance to pick up and run with the ball. With the defence moving backwards, this can exploit their disorganisation. It can be used as part of your game plan to play a quick-tempo game. MORE

How to improve the timing and the pace of receiving the ball 2

Pace, timing and alignment

in Attack, Practice plans

As phase play develops, your players will find they are sometimes too flat or too deep. This session addresses the problems faced in these situations so that pace can always be put on the ball. MORE

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