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
Getting passers to support automatically
Quite often the closest support player to the ball carrier is the player who has just passed him the ball. This game encourages players to provide support on the inside or outside of the receiver, by following their own pass.
Players: Maximum 7 v 7.
Area: Half a pitch wide, up to 30m long.
Equipment: One ball.
- Start with two handed touch tackling, with a turnover after four touches.
- Turnover the ball if players do not follow their pass. They don’t have to receive the next pass.
- Dropped balls and normal infringements lead to a turnover.
- You could make the pitch narrower and play full-on tackling.
- 1 point for a try.
What to call out
- “Don’t think your job is done once you have passed the ball”
- “Pass then follow”
- “Call out where you are going to support”
- Players will soon learn to “follow” the pass, since their team will keep losing the ball if they don’t. They can then work out what types of support work best. Some will follow in behind, others will aim to get outside the passer. For instance a winger might loop a prop, and a prop might work on the inside of a winger.