EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Pods attack

Create attacking shape, where forwards understand where they are supposed to run to support the next phase of play. The groups of forwards are called pods and need to work together.

ACTIVITY

  1. Split your forwards into two groups (pods) of three plus one player to act as scrum-half (9). > Start the two pods of three together at the side of at least four gates of cones. 
  2. The 9 pops the ball to a player in the first pod. They run through the nearest gate, present the ball for the 9 to pass to the next pod who are arcing around to attack the second gate. 
  3. This is repeated for the first pod into the third gate and so on. Keep the exercise slow to make it more game realistic.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Split your team into eight attacking forwards in two pods of four, a scrum-half, fly-half and centre, and then up to eight defenders.
  2. One pod lies on top of the two tackle tubes, and the other pod stand in a scrummage position in front of the bags.

  1. The scrum-half passes the ball to the fly-half who, with the centre, attack the defence in front of them. One of the pods supports and the other pod arcs round to take the next pass. Build your pod attacks from these situations.

TECHNIQUE

  • Change angles to attack the gate.
  • Supporters: tell the ball carrier what to do.
  • Use triggers to time your run.
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