EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Contact 2 v 1s: the punch ball

Not all 2 v 1s have the support player in lateral support. Work on the passing and offload options in tight channels, where the ball carrier might take contact and the support punches through.

Especially in close quarters, the support player may be tucked in behind the ball carrier. The ball carrier has to manipulate the defender and then look to pass inside or outside, or offload out of the tackle.

  1. First, start with a 1 + 1 v 1 situation.

  1. The ball carrier attacks the defender, either stepping in or out to pass the ball or taking contact and offloading the ball to a support player.
  2. Use full tackling or at least grab tackling.
  3. The attacker can start at either corner, and also receive a pass.
  4. Develop by having the ball carrier run around and onto the pass, with the support player in behind him.

  1. Build towards real scenarios, where there’s a 3 v 3 and a support player in behind the front line of three players. The box might be 10m wide, and the attacking line receive the pass after it has realigned.

TECHNIQUE

  • Move the defender with the support player punching through.
  • If he can, the ball carrier pulls the defender to one side and “leaves” the ball in the space left behind.
  • Support player looks to accelerate hard onto the pass.
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