Sometimes, a play from a ruck finishes behind the original ruck. Help your players understand their roles and reactions to reset and attack again with this scenario activity. MORE
VIDEO: Handling and realignment – attack the box
Improve the players’ realignment to run straight and at pace onto the pass in this continuous realignment exercise. Progress by adding defenders to pressurise the key passers.
- Mark out a 10m box.
- Put a ball on one corner, with a feeder and three players lined up to their left outside the box facing inwards.
- The feeder passes the ball and the other players pass the ball to each other before the last player puts the ball on the corner opposite them.
- The players then shift anti-clockwise to repeat the exercise on the next side of the box.
- Repeat until all sides of the box have been “attacked”.
- Then, swap the direction of the pass and go clockwise around the box.
- Have two groups going at the same time, starting at opposite sides of the box. They try to catch up with the other group.
- Put two defenders on the side on the box facing out. They put pressure on the two middle passers.
- Change the dimensions of the box, either making it wider or narrower, or even making it into a rectangle.
- Use three players, with the first receiver having to pass and then loop and receive another pass.
- Face the box, with the hips going towards the line.
- Pass firmly.
- Don’t shift until the pass is made.
- Hold the run – that means not coming forward until the inside player has moved.