Get defenders off balance and less effective by making them commit to one tackling line while attacking another. You can do this by varying your angle of attack.
A tackler is at their strongest when they are “on square” – front-on to the defender and able to exert maximum force in contact. For this reason, you should find ways to drag a defender or a line of defenders “off square”. As soon as a defender begins to favour one side of his body and turn either out or in, he creates a vulnerable shoulder to attack.
The best teams use a combination of “overs” (running away from the pass) and “unders” (running towards the pass) lines to get their opponents to commit one way or the other.
THE DOUBLE UNDERS DECOY LINE
The first objective is to prevent the 12 from moving too far across field towards the point of attack. The unders angles from the attacking backline forces the 12 to stop and square up on them. It is likely that the defending 12 and 13 will be disconnected. The gap has been created (see picture 3 for lines of run).
THE OVERS ATTACKING LINE FROM THE WINGER
If both of your centres are running this line, your winger can arrive through the gap.
With the opposition 13 now disconnected from 12, the blindside winger has a chance to inside or outside the 13.
Work on the backs’ fitness while working on their running lines and drift defence. It’s competitive and they will make every effort to break the line each time.
The session focuses the players on realignment – with the players being dropped out of the line at each phase, there needs to be good communication on who is first receiver and what lines to run. MORE
Work on the roles and skills of the attackers and defenders closest to the tackle area in a tight space. This activity puts the players in game-like situations to look for solutions.
Though there are some principles to follow, this activity will give the players an opportunity to try out different ideas. Expect messy outcomes. MORE
Work from left to right and back a number of times up a channel, aiming to keep possession and go forward at the same time.
It is a tactic that can be used to retain possession when running down the clock or to set up a drop goal. MORE
Encourage support players to be ready to follow the ball carrier through the line break, either to take an offload or if there is a clean break, ready to take the next pass.
Line breaks can be anywhere along the defensive line. Create scenarios for the players to react and support.