EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Attack

Active sets 1

Active sets

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Once the ball is won at the set piece, the number on a player’s back should have no relevance to the skills and techniques they use. Working together in small groups (sets) and getting used to various tasks helps the players individually and collectively become more aware of what is needed and when, especially at the tackle situation. MORE

Looking up 2

Looking up

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Looking up means your attacking players focus on the defence, to identify weaknesses and exploit them. By using visual cues, your players then will be able to make quick decisions on where to run and where to pass. I use variations of this session all the time to improve my players’ decision making. MORE

How to use gaps to attack 2

Gap attack

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

In open play we want our players to identify the gaps in the defence AND move the ball towards those gaps AND then go through the gaps. This session works on these simple ideas, which you know are not so easy to execute. MORE

Turnover attack

in Attack, Attack

A quickly executed attack from turnover possession causes the opposition problems. This activity focuses on players’ decision making after winning turnover possession. MORE

How to turn slow ball into quick ball 3

Turbo ball

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Turn slow ball into quick ball using a technique called “turbo ball”. In essence, instead of the ball carrier going forward on his own a support player binds on to him and together they drive into contact. MORE

How create simple but effective attacking plays by having open options 2

Options open

in Attack, Backs moves, Practice plans

All too often defences can tell exactly where the ball is going and who the strike runner is going to be. “Options open” is all about creating as many realistic attacking options for the passing player and keeping the defence guessing until it’s too late. The patterns are basic and can be achieved by any team. MORE

Instinctive reaction in handling

in Attack, Rugby drills

Make players react instinctively to each other with this thought-provoking activity, says former Tigers coach, Mike Penistone. When we consider support play we should expect the ball carrier to go where his instincts take him and the support players to react instinctively. MORE

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