There’s no point fixing defenders unless the support is there to take the pass. So use this drill to help players draw and pass after they’ve won a ruck – it will teach them to get back into the game quickly. This activity will develop your players’ match-time appreciation as they get back into the... MORE
The 10 has to know where to stand for the pass. So improve your back-line alignment based on what defence they’re facing: play flat if the defence is on the back foot, or deep if it’s on the front foot…
Against a set defence, the 10 must stand deeper to give his backs space to run moves. If the defence is retreating, he can attack the gain line.
- Set up four attackers v three defenders as above, with a feeder on the sideline.
- The attackers (red cone) and defenders (blue cone) line up level with cones either side of the middle cone.
- They don’t spread out any further than the middle of the box.
- Shout out a colour. If it’s “blue”, the defence is put on the back foot and if “red” the attack is on the back foot.
- For “blue”, the defenders drop back one cone while the feeder runs forward one cone and passes to the back-line when they’re ready.
- The defenders don’t advance until the ball is passed.
- The 10 should align flat because it’s front-foot ball.
- Now play.
- For “red”, the tables are turned.
- The attackers drop back one cone, to work off the back red cone, whilst the defence advances two cones – to work off the red cone where the attack started.
- The feeder passes in from the back red cone to a 10 who must align deep.
- Now play. Use touch tackling.
- Know what move/play you’ll use from each cone.
- Align quickly.
- Start your run from the 9’s pass, not from the inside man.