Get your players working hard on their footwork and in unison so they can come forward fast from the defensive line to cut down attacking plays from rucks. If defenders can adjust their feet quickly while still focusing on the attack, they can sprint off the line together, rather than become disorganised. MORE
Attacking the coffee table
Draw in defenders and release attacking options with your 10 putting himself into the best place to deliver the ball. It’s a coffee table shape. Use this exercise to develop these possibilities.
All 10s should have a space where they aim to get themselves into before they release the move. It’s like a coffee table and attracts defenders and releases attackers. It’s dynamic, so you need to practise against changing scenarios.
- Put a feeder by the ruck pad, three attacking and three defending backs in line with the pad roughly facing each other, three defending forwards and an attacking forward on the other side of the pad, with a 10 and winger behind the pad.
- On your go, the 10 runs into position either calling for the ball or calling for a forward to take the ball (picture 3). The other backs realign accordingly.
- When the 9 releases the ball to the 10, he aims to get into his perceived “coffee” table before releasing one of the backs.
- If the ball goes to the forward (F), he presents the ball when he bumps into the opposition forwards.
- Indicate how many of these forwards will go to one knee before the ball is released. Use grab tackling.
- 10, always be in motion, speeding up and slowing down.
- Other attacking backs, know where the 10 is aiming to get to, and time the runs accordingly.