EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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Develop ball carriers with some grit and determination to power through the tackle situation. If they don’t break the tackle, at least they provide a good target for their support players. This session creates ways to test their mettle.

Sometimes the attacker needs a bit of brute force to break through. The support players have to react to keep the continuity going.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put two attackers at one end of a 10m x 5m box – a ball carrier and support player – with a defender at the other end. 
  2. Get the ball carrier to aim to make as much ground through the channel before being tackled or driven out. 
  3. The support player can help drive the ball carrier forward. 
  4. Note how far the ball carrier travels and award points. Swap players around.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Set up three-lettered 5m “power boxes”. Put five attackers behind the boxes and two defenders in front, with two more defenders at the far corners. 
  2. Shout out which box the attack must advance through. 

  1. One attacker takes the ball into the box and is not allowed to pass. If they do not make it to the far end, the ball is recycled and can be played from that ruck. 
  2. Once the attackers are through the box, the two furthest defenders can move forward to join in. Play normal rugby.

TECHNIQUE

  • Take on the defender by driving hard at their edges.
  • Keep the ball away from the defender.
  • Aim to win the collision contest before deciding how to use the ball.
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