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.
Set up as above, with a feeder (A1) and four attackers.
Shout “Go” and an attacking player (A2) realigns by the set cone.
Attacking players (A3-A5) realign outside A2.
A5 must realign slightly ahead of A4. A4 must realign slightly ahead of A3. This enables three attacking options for A2 to utilize.
A1 passes the ball to A2 who runs a hard line (slightly inwards).
A3, A4 and A5 communicate running lines on which they are attacking. A2 passes to the identified attacking ball carrier.
The ball carrier runs a hard attacking line.
Attacking support players must follow the ball carrier to secure the ball in contact or as offloading options.
Develop by swapping the tackle tubes for defenders.
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.
Use this T drill passing exercise to work on players passing, with added movement elements to create more variability and fatigue. A good activity for warm-ups and also part of a conditioning block during pre-season. MORE
Sometimes the players are not perfectly aligned from an attacking ruck and have to adjust their running lines accordingly. This game-like session helps to adjust. This is a good session to mix up forwards and backs. You can also identify decision-makers who happily take on the role of the first receiver. MORE
Develop good spacing in the attacking line to spread the defence and then find gaps. This activity starts the process by pulling attackers out of position and forces them to adjust. The development is ideal for the next stage of Return to Play. MORE
Develop your players’ go-forward skills with evasion in this competitive scenario. It’s easy to set up and you can add lots of variations. Even though some of the players will “cheat” by not exactly stepping to the side of the cones, their swerves and go-forward will help them replicate these skills in a match situation. MORE
Use this fun warm-up game to test the players’ passing, evasion and decision-making skills. The defenders use rolled-up socks as cannonballs, though they could equally use rolled up bibs. Thanks to Ray Smith who coaches with the Old Reigatians Girls for the inspiration for this activity. Set up the pitch, with a safe zone to... MORE