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 passing and running skills 2

Target Mars in outer space

in Attack, Practice plans

Make your players look for a target to run to while taking a pass. They cannot exploit space unless they run hard into it. Use this small-sided game followed by a match simulation to improve spatial awareness and decision making. Their target is virtually unknown until they almost get there - like heading to Mars! MORE

Turtle tag

in Attack, Mini tag

Use this quick attack-defence-evasion game to improve your players' awareness and speed. It can easily be developed to include other elements like self-organisation and decision making. MORE

Support pockets

in Attack, Rugby drills

Urgency to get to the ball carrier is essential in keeping the ball alive when executing an offload. Get the support player into the pocket of the ball carrier. MORE

How to improve decision making in game situations 1

Problem solving

in Attack, Practice plans

Problem solving in rugby is not always a drawn out process of reflection then action, it sometimes happens very quickly. Players need to be prepared in advance so they can recognise the problems and be able to react in the best possible way. Here are some “gaps” problems to look at. MORE

How to double support 1

Double support

in Attack, Practice plans

If two players are arriving to support the ball carrier near the tackle area, each has to decide what they need to do. This is a decision-making session that forces players to choose the best roles under pressure to maintain continuity. MORE

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