EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

The interceptor

They can lift or break a team’s spirit – such is the power of an interception try. This exercise develops defensive and attacking decision making as outside backs look to intercept the ball as it’s passed wide.

To intercept the ball, the defender has to hold his run until the last moment, before cutting in towards the pass. The passer must decide whether to pass, go for the dog-leg or loop the ball over the interceptor.

  1. Have three attackers run into the box. Put two defenders opposite the two outside attackers.
  2. The first attacker runs forward and passes the ball after 2m (adjust this distance to suit the skills of your players – weaker players will need to pass earlier).

  1. The first defender goes directly for the middle attacker.
  2. The second defender has to decide whether to step in and go for the pass OR stay out and cover his defender.
  3. Use two-handed touch tackling.

  1. Develop by making the area wider.
  2. Now have four attackers and two defenders.
  3. The first defender still starts on the second attacker.
  4. However, the second defender can be placed either opposite the third or fourth attacker or on the far corner.

TECHNIQUE

  • Don’t sprint into the line.
  • Cut in towards the ball at the last moment.
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