EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Play from the scrum

Use this activity to develop your players’ understanding of their roles and responsibilities from a scrum. You could use this against a scrum machine as well.

Attacking from the scrum needs a good scrummage first, then the forwards to look up and play what’s in front of them. Depending on your numbers at training, you can make this as active a part of your scrum training as scrummaging itself.

  1. Scrummage against a machine or other forwards, passively if you don’t have enough numbers.
  2. 8 picks the ball from the scrum, supported by 6 and 7 and attacks into channel 1, with a 3 v 2 against two ruck-pad holders.

  1. In the meantime, the front five run around a tackle tube and the defending forwards run to the far channel.
  2. If the 8, 6 and 7 execute the 3 v 2 successfully, they score the try.

  1. If not, the three back-row players must recycle the ball.
  2. 9 then passes to the front five to score against the opposition forwards.
  3. 6, 7 and 8 then act as support runners.
  4. Adjust the width of the channels to give different pressures.

TECHNIQUE

  • Scrummage first, or set up proper profiles.
  • Attack with intent to break the gain line.
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