Every team should expect to convert a two-man overlap into a try or a big gain in territory. So watch Dan Cottrell’s video and learn to be clinical in attack by practising our simple 3 v 1 activity.
HOW TO DO IT
Mark out a 10m square box.
Put three attackers at one end facing outwards, with a feeder next to them.
Put a defender at the other end, also facing outwards. Move him left or right so he won’t come from the same angle every time.
Shout “go” and both attackers and the defender turn. The feeder passes to the nearest attacker and, using running and passing, they aim to get to the far end without the ball carrier being touched.
Develop by adding another attacker and defender.
Go forward to engage the defender and to generate pace in attack.
WHAT TO CALL OUT
“Two hands on the ball”
“Call for the pass depending on where the defender comes from”
“Run straight, even if the defender is running at an angle”
A SIMPLE PRACTICE
In the same box, put six players at the middle of one side – four of them attackers (with a ball) and the other two defenders. The box can be bigger depending on player ages.
When you say “go”, the attackers run to the corner on that side of the box, and the defenders to the other corner on that side. Both groups then turn into the box and the attackers aim to score without the carrier being touched.
As the players reach their corners, sometimes shout one or two names. Those named players must drop and do a press-up before re-entering the game.
One of the key influences you have on your team is in the hour or so before the match. Learn how to maximise that time to bring the best out of your players and get them flying from the first whistle.