Encourage all the best attributes in a good defensive line with this game of slide and hammer. It will improve your teams’ line speed and cohesiveness. MORE
Second man plays to break their line
Bring in the player from behind the attacking line to split the defence. Use this activity to develop the tactic and then put it into more game-like situations.
The passer has two options and both players need to time their runs to allow these options to work. The player behind should also make the call so the passer and front player know how to operate.
- Have a feeder pass the ball to the first player who faces a ruck-pad holder, with another ruck-pad holder about 5m away.
- At the same time, a player behind the first player runs out and a player almost level with the first player runs in.
- The ball carrier attacks the ruck-pad holder in front of him, stopping just short to make a pass.
- He can either pass it short to the player running in, or behind that player to the “second man”.
- Initially, the ruck-pad holders are static, but develop by making them come forward, with the outside ruck-pad holder deciding whether move in or out.
- Put into a game-like situation. Put four ruck-pad holders about 7-10m away from a front line of four attackers with two attackers behind them.
- Repeat the exercise with players deciding which “second man” to use (or dummy).
- To start with, it’s probably better that the players decide beforehand who’s getting the ball.
- Always be an option to receive the pass.
- Sharp angles and commit to your line of running.