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 to deal with different situations 3

Force and finesse

in Attack, Practice plans

Successful teams have players with both physical and mental strength in attack. This session encourages all your players to learn when to use either power or skill (or maybe both) to beat an organised defence. MORE

How to develop running, passing and decision making through 3v2s part 1

Three v twos

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Nothing is more of a core skill than fixing defenders and passing to space, especially for 3v2s. This session works on converting running and passing skills into good habits in matches. The session ends by putting these skills into a game. MORE

How to break through the defence 2

Break through the defence

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Sometimes your players will have no choice but to go through a defence because it is well organised or there is no time to pass the ball out. Your players will need to use good footwork, body positions and support players to win the ball back. This is a bread and butter session. MORE

How to coach talk the talk drill- part 1

Talk the talk

in Attack, Practice plans

This session makes oral communication a feature. It forces the players to be accurate, concise and urgent when they are without the ball – both in attack and defence. You will see the difference when you take the communication option away. MORE

How to make use of an extra player in attack 2

Added extras

in Attack, Practice plans

Creating an extra player in attack is a great advantage. It certainly makes the decision making process for your players more straightforward. It is even more of an advantage if the extra player arrives from deep and at speed. MORE

How to sharpen the 9 and 10 decision making 3

Running the show

in Attack, Backs moves, Practice plans

Most teams, despite attempts to be more flexible, need the same 9 and 10 in position to run the game. “Running the show” will help sharpen these players’ decision making skills and help the other players understand the half backs’ role in different parts of the game. MORE

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