EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Double up the tip pass

A tip pass is a short flat pass where the passer can immediately support the receiver as they go into contact. It can unbalance the defence because of the change of focus and helps dent the defence.

Creating 2 v1  mismatches is just as effective in close as in space. The power of two is a powerful weapon.

In the 5m square, the attacking pair enter from opposite corners. The ruck pad holders stand close together. 

The ball carrier runs at one of them and, in the last 2m,  passes to the supporting player who runs onto the ball at pace and aims to smash between the two defenders who resist. Players attack and defend in different partnerships in 30-second sets.

DEVELOPMENT

Develop with the initial ball carrier following the supporter into contact and driving him from behind to add extra power.

TECHNIQUE

  • The supporting player runs faster than the ball carrier to create huge momentum and get past their team-mate when the contact area is reached. 
  • If they do not smash through, the passing player places their shoulder behind the buttock of the driving player, who must be no higher than waist height of the defender and driving upwards in contact. 
  • Both attackers remain on their feet and use small, fast steps. 
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