EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Attacking round the corner

Practise creating and exploiting try-scoring opportunities by using this attacking drill on a regular basis. Your players will need to work hard to get round the corner of breakdowns.

Replicate this scenario in a match and you’ll stretch the opposition defence until they run out of numbers. It’s also a great fitness workout.

  1. Line players up in groups of three.
  2. As the first three set off towards their individual “gates”, player 1 passes the ball to player 2, who passes to player 3.
  3. Player 3 places the ball on the ground in front of the cones.

  1. As soon as they’ve passed the ball, players 1 and 2 hit tubes 1 and 2 respectively, while player 3 (who will lag slightly behind them) places the ball on the ground and tackles the third tube.

  1. As in a game situation, all three must bounce straight back to their feet and attack round the corner.
  2. They retrace their steps through their gate before turning to enter the end 5m channel.
  3. On his way, player 3 scoops the ball up (another good skill to work on), straightens and passes wide to player 2, who hits player 1 on his inside.

TECHNIQUE

  • Quick hands for the first three pop passes.
  • Alternate shoulders when hitting bags.
  • Support runners should communicate as they come round the corner and call for the ball.
  • Straight running lines.
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