Using an inverted backline shape, your runners from a ruck can give the 9 more options to pick up the best-placed player to break the defensive line. An inverted three is a group of three players that line up so the furthest player is in front. All but the first player in the line can take the ball with a player in support to drive them out and away from the previous breakdown. It’s easy for the outside players to adjust their timing to support the first player if he’s the receiver. MORE
Use this quick attack-defence-evasion game to improve your players’ awareness and speed. It can easily be developed to include other elements like self-organisation and decision making.
- Put four attackers in the middle of the box and four defenders on each corner.
- Shout out a colour, and the attackers need to run to that line without being tagged.
- The defenders race off their cones to tag a player.
- Repeat three times before changing teams over.
- Don’t swap a player to a defender if they are tagged. Give them all the four chances. Also, note which way they are facing to give them more chance next time.
- Give every attacker a ball.
- If an attacker is tagged, they don’t carry a ball next time.
- Play with one ball. The ball can be passed in any direction. When you shout the colour, the ball must be passed by a static player.
- Change the square into a rectangle.
- Have one of the defenders call out the colour to attack.
- Have the attackers stand facing inwards.