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.

Attacking flat from 10

in Attack, Rugby drills

How to take the ball close to the gain line in attack to put the defence under more pressure. It will exploit quick ball from rucks by putting attackers flat, running angles and offloading before or after the tackle. MORE

Return to play: Defensive emphasis 2 v 1s

in Attack, Rugby drills

2 v 1s offer an ideal return to play exercise because you just need three players. And the players can work in bubbles. Develop your individual’s defence by taking them on from just making good tackles. Help them decide when to tackle to prevent the opposition keeping the ball alive. MORE

Whip it back 2

Whip it back

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

As a defence drifts across the pitch to cover attacking players, it becomes vulnerable to a switch in the direction of the attack. Often, however, when this switch is used it is on a whim of a single player, who goes on his own and ends up isolated. “Whip back” provides your team with a structured approach to the play. MORE

9-10 combinations

in Attack, Rugby drills

Build up the relationship between 9 and 10 as the fly half assesses his options and takes the pass from 9 ready to release players around him. Your 10 needs to understand the strength, speed and height of the passes from his 9 so he can adjust his own running lines and distance from his partner. MORE

How to perfect switch passing 2

Cut it up

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Switch passes, also known as cut passes, should be a natural part of the passing armory and used by all players. This session uses a simple exercise which can be set up with lots of stations for lots of activity. Players will quickly learn that timing and angles are as important as the pass itself. MORE

Quick, quick, wide

in Attack, Rugby drills

Create a system for attack: quick short passing, quick rucking and then passing wide. This session will test a range of your players’ skills in a game scenario. This simple system should draw in the defenders towards the ruck ball, giving your team space wide out to attack. SKILLS   Two players stand together as... MORE

How to improve and reinforce running from the deep 2

Runner from the deep

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The pace of the attacking line can be enhanced by a player entering from a deep position. The timing of this run comes from using lots of practices like the ones in this session. Players get to know the passing shapes of their team mates and so find it easier to read the running lines and get their timing right. MORE

Turnover attack 1

Turnover attack

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

The new ruck laws are designed to encourage turnovers in the game. It is an area you can’t afford to ignore. A quickly executed attack from turnover possession causes the opposition problems. This session – “Turnover attack” – focuses on the players’ decision making after winning turnover possession. MORE

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