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Better ways to coach exploiting an overlap

An overlap is where the attacking team have more players than the defence. For example, a 2 v 1, or a 3 v 2, or even a 4 v 2.

In theory, the mismatch in numbers should mean a high success rate for exploiting that overlap, either to make ground, or score a try.

In practice, we know that even the most experienced players still don’t take advantage.

Here are some ways to increase your team’s success rate.

For beginners, try Draw to Score, where the ball carrier works on attracting the defender. It comes from our EasiCoach curriculum.

For more experienced players, work on pressured situations where the passer needs to give an accurate pass for the receiver to take at pace and at the right angle. Use our session from last week’s Rugby Coach Weekly, Fix, Pass, Penetrate.

For an expert view on more effectively training, ready Level 3 coach mentor Simon Ogdon’s methods on coaching not teaching the 2 v 1.

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