EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Play what’s in front of you

Playing what is in front of you is a tough skill to master, even for the most experienced players. These simple activities will challenge the players to pass, support and communicate quickly. By Dan Cottrell

ACTIVITY

  1. ŒTwo defenders run into the box and run to the cone you indicate
  2. A feeder waits by the side
  3. ŽThree attackers face away from the try line

  1. On your command the attackers turn, receive the ball and aim to beat the defenders

DEVELOPMENT

CHALLENGE

Look for spaces in defence. Attack hard and pass before contact.

SET UP

Cones. Adjust the space according to the players.

HOW TO DO IT

Activity

  • Spread out three pairs of coloured cones.
  • Put two defenders at the side of the box and three attackers at the other end. Place a feeder to the side of the area. The attackers have their back to cones.
  • Hold up a coloured cone and the defenders have to run into the box and round one of those cones before moving towards the attackers.
  • At any stage release the attackers (picture 2) who have to turn and attack to score at the far end. Adjust the starting distances to suit the skills of the players.

Development

In the same box, start two defenders about 5m away from the four attackers. Hold up a cone and the defenders have to run back and touch that cone, and then turn to face the attack. Release the attack at any point whose aim is to score at the other end.

TECHNIQUE

  • Run hard at the spaces.
  • In support, hold your runs until you see where to attack.
  • Keep talking – it makes you more confident.
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