EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Change lines: unders and overs

https://aprsa.comCreate a numerical advantage when defensive numbers are equal to the attack. Rather than looking for space, use “unders” and “overs” play to isolate the defender and creating a numerical advantage that originally did not exist.

 

Unders: run straight then cut towards the ball source.

Overs: run straight then cut away from the ball source.

UNDERS

  1. Set up player 1 and player 2 in line with each other, with player 3 behind player 1.
  2. Player 1 runs and receives a pass from the coach. He then runs to the inside shoulder of the pole A and pulls pass across to player 2.
  3. Player 2 runs at B and then cuts in towards player 1.
  4. Player 3 offers support outside player 2.

TECHNIQUES

  • The ball carrier must force the defender to square up. He must run to the inside shoulder of the defender (A) forcing him to sit and square up
  • The receiver must head towards defender (A) outside shoulder to receive a pass.
  • Outside elbow high for the pass by Player1

OVERS

  1. Set up player 1 and player 2 in line with each other, with player 3 behind player 1.
  2. Player 1 runs and receives a pass from the coach. He then runs to the inside shoulder of the pole B. He turns his hips towards player 2 and then passes to that player.
  3. Player 2 runs at B and then cuts outside B.
  4. Player 3 offers support inside player 2.

TECHNIQUES

(Think that the poles will be defenders eventually)

The ball carrier must force the defender to turn in towards him by running to his inside shoulder.

The ball carrier must run to the inside shoulder of defender A forcing him to sit and square up before heading outwards to B.

The receiver must head towards defender B outside shoulder to receive pass.

GAME SITUATION

 

  1. The players set up as they were for the unders and overs exercises.
  2. Put two defenders about 5m about, with one 2m behind the other. The front defender always marks the first receiver.
  3. A feeder passes to the first receiver. The supporting players read the defence and change angles.
  4. The first receiver aims to find the free player. Ideally, it is the front support player, but they can pass behind to player 3.
  5. Use touch tackling.

THINK ABOUT…

  • Lines of ball carrier: Gravity line – pulling defenders to them.
  • Lines of support: Gravity line – pulling defenders to them.
  • Support lines post pass and after breaking the tackle.
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