EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Cone collectors: Heads up attack and defence

Create chaotic starts for the attack and defence so they have to play heads-up rugby, make decisions, connect and win the situation.

  1. Spread out different coloured cones in one area of the box.
  2. Put three defenders at one side of the box, and four attackers on a line in front of the cones.
  3. Call a colour.

  1. On the call, the attackers race back to be in a position to attack with the ball.
  2. At the same time, the defenders race to the coloured cone called and pick it up, before turning to defend.

  1. The attackers aim to score over the line without being touched in possession of the ball.
  2. After the “go”, the defenders return the cones to the box, and restart on the other side.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • Throw the ball behind the attackers.
  • An attacker is allowed to offload if the defender touches them with a hand holding a cone.
  • A tackle is made if the defender touches the ball carrier with both hands touching the cone.

OUTCOMES

  • Better communication.
  • Better alignment.
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