EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

First man attack decisions: Fix, fight or flight

Use this activity to put more decision-making pressure on the ball carrier and supporters. Make it a high tempo session with lots of goes, and feedback on the run rather than halting the exercise.

Attacking players who can read body shapes of defenders stand a greater chance of making the correct decision in the contact zone. Knowing when to fix a defender (to draw and pass), to outpace a defender (flight) or to attack a weak shoulder (fight) depends on the defender’s body shape as he enters the tackle zone.

Spread out five attackers, with two at the front and three at the back.

Call out one or two defenders, and which colour gate for them to run through.

Have the 9 pass the ball to either one of the front attackers. The players behind that attacker on either side offer support.

Use grab or full tackling, with the ball carrier aiming to use one of three decisions based on the shape and positioning of the defenders.

TECHNIQUE

  • Fix a defender by running at one shoulder of the defender at pace.
  • Fight the defender by stepping inside if he oversteps as he covers across.
  • Beat the defender on the outside by swerving out late.
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