EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Isolate and split for 3 v 2 success

Understand how to create then take advantage of 3 v 2s by isolating and splitting the two defenders. The chaotic starts mean more options and decisions for all the players involved.

ACTIVITY

  1. Call which channel to use (for instance: “GREEN”).

  1. 9 runs to the ball and passes to the blue (middle) player while the defenders retreat to the try line then enter the box.

  1. The inside runner supports the ball carrier along with the outside runner.
  2. Use touch tacking, but it’s good to move to more contact to exploit possible passes out of the tackle.
  3. Once done, use the other channel and also swap players around.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. No coach call for which channel to attack.
  2. Make the 9 count down for three seconds before he passes but get his body in the right place/shape to pass left or right.
  3. Attackers have to “read” 9’s body shape and attack the appropriate channel.

TECHNIQUE

  • Inside support runners to “read” play and body shapes to time their runs effectively.
  • Attack at speed to force defenders to commit.
  • Patience – even if a try isn’t scored every time.
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