EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Real handling width

Not all our players are comfortable passing the ball long distances, so use this activity to mix up your team across their abilities and still attack the wide channels.

On dry days, you’ll want to put more width into your game to help spread out their defence. However, not all players can pass the ball long distances off either hand. Help them understand each others’ strengths and weaknesses and ability to be in support.

  1. Put three attackers with a ball on the first three cones (probably about 3m-5m apart).
  2. Put a defender 8m away and opposite the first attacker and another defender ready to run into the far channel.
  3. Have an attacker in the far channel.

  1. The attackers run out, with the ball carrier going through the gate of cones before passing the ball.
  2. The defender puts pressure on him to make the pass before he is touched.

  1. The other two attackers aim to use two more passes to send the ball into the far channel.
  2. It then becomes a 2 v 1 in the far channel. Develop by adjusting the distances and changing the direction of play.

TECHNIQUE

  • Run straight but then turn hips to throw the pass.
  • The ball carrier must sight the target.
  • Pass in front of the receiver.
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