EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Scan and attack

Create scenarios for your attackers to react to different defensive positions. By feeding the ball to different starting players, the attack has to adjust quickly to win a 3v2.

ACTIVITY

Put three players at one end of the channel. You throw the ball to one of them and they must beat the two defenders opposite to score.

Use touch tackling.

LARGE GROUPS AND ONE COACH

With up to 10

  1. Run one square. Put four defenders at one end. They work in pairs and rotate every go. All the rest of the players will rotate as attackers.
  2. After two minutes, swap the defenders for attackers.

With more than 10

  1. Run two squares almost next to each other. You stand in the middle.
  2. This time have six defenders, in three pairs. One pair works in one box and when they have finished, move to be ready to work in the next box.
  3. Split the attackers in half and they always work in the same box. If they are one short, they have get another team mate to join them.
  4. You pass the ball into one box, see what happens and then turn to work in the next box.
  5. After two minutes, rotate attackers and defenders

In both instances, the attack works much harder than the defence.

SCENARIO 1

  • You throw the ball to the first attacker. They can use a short pass or miss pass.

SCENARIO 2

  • You throw the ball to the middle attacker. They look to pass either side, or even go for the gap themselves.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Get defenders to come in from different directions and not head-on.

TECHNIQUE

  • Attack at pace by running forward first.
  • Attack a defender to hold them before passing.
  • Pass hard.
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