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Attacking flat from 10

How to take the ball close to the gain line in attack to put the defence under more pressure. It will exploit quick ball from rucks by putting attackers flat, running angles and offloading before or after the tackle.

Flat ball is when the ball is passed laterally, rather than backwards and very close to the gain line. This means the defence has less time to adjust to the different angles taken by the attacking players.

 

  1. Set up as above, with a feeder (A1) and four attackers.

  1. Shout “Go” and an attacking player (A2) realigns by the set cone.
  2. Attacking players (A3-A5) realign outside A2.
  3. A5 must realign slightly ahead of A4. A4 must realign slightly ahead of A3. This enables three attacking options for A2 to utilize.

  1. A1 passes the ball to A2 who runs a hard line (slightly inwards).
  2. A3, A4 and A5 communicate running lines on which they are attacking. A2 passes to the identified attacking ball carrier.
  3. The ball carrier runs a hard attacking line.
  4. Attacking support players must follow the ball carrier to secure the ball in contact or as offloading options.
  5. Develop by swapping the tackle tubes for defenders.

TECHNIQUE

  • Scan defensive structure to identify space to attack.
  • Communicate which attacking lines are being used.
  • First receiver to run a hard (slightly inwards) line and offload on the gain line.
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