How often do you despair that your players can’t score when there’s an overlap? Why is it players drift out in attack and play into the hands of the drift defence? Here are my simple solutions. MORE
Realign and attack
Help attackers realign quickly so they can run onto the ball and exploit gaps with passing.
To attack effectively, players need to see where to run and then come onto the ball with pace. They can only do this with good realignment. That means being in a good position relative to their team mates.
- Play 5v5.
- Stand both teams on the halfway line.
- When you shout “GO” both teams realign so the first players are nearest you and the furthest ones are level with the furthest cone. To help them understand the best alignment, the middle players are level with cones set halfway along the line.
- You call out who was the first team that was realigned correctly and pass the ball to their nearest player. They become the attackers.
- The furthest three defenders must now run out of the box.
- The attack has to make two passes before they can score a try. Encourage getting the ball out wide to exploit the overlap.
- Can the outside player see the number on the back of the player inside him?
- Hands ready to receive the ball.
- Call for the ball and talk when getting into position