In the third part of a session, after a warm-up game and then a skill drill, introduce a skill game. The game is still focused on the objective. It gives the players a chance to explore the skill in the context of the game and see why it is relevant. MORE
Back row running lines off the scrum
The back row needs to operate as a coordinated unit in defence, not three individuals. Use this session to develop their roles.
From a scrum, each back row player has a different running line so they can cover initial attacks, a possible break and then defend around the ruck.
- Put the back row on their knees in a scrum shape.
- Call out a coloured cone. The nearest back-rower (normally 7 or 6) runs to the cone.
- The other back rowers take a line to that cone which goes with their role (see below).
- The first back-rower goes to ground, while the other two back-rowers take up defensive positions either side of the ruck.
- Develop by calling a second colour to move to.
- Set up a backline move (say with the other forwards).
- The 7 has to cover his man. If the move beats the 7 or attacks a space, either call “break” or “tackle”, so the other players know where to run to cover.
The 7: Pressure on the 10. Be quick off the side of the scrum. Keep applying pressure on the inside of each ball carrier.
The 8: Cover the 7 on his inside and track his running lines, but slightly deeper. Covers the far side of the ruck.
The 6: Cover the blindside first and then track the 8, but deeper. Then cover a clean break. Go to the near side of the ruck and defend there.