EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Breaking down the door

Attacking the space between two defenders in a close proximity means a good chance of a double tackle. Instead, attack one defender and beat just them.

In a tight defence, though the space between the defenders seems more attractive, it means that those two players step in to double team the ball carrier.

ACTIVITY

  1. Set up two ruck-pad holders between two cones which are about 3-5m apart.
  2. Have one player feed a ball carrier who uses footwork to target one of the pad holders. Another support player follows the ball carrier who goes to ground and presents the ball whilst the support player drives over the ball carrier.

  1. Check that the ball carrier makes a solid contact with just ONE ruck pad, keeps driving forward and presents well. The other pad holder should be left behind (and offside).

GAME SITUATION

  1. Set up the cones and defenders as in the picture above.
  2. The attackers must aim to get through the gaps between the cones (which represents the space outside the first two ruck defenders).
  3. The first target is to get over the gain line. The second target is to keep the ball secure. The third target is to present the ball cleanly for the feeder within three seconds of the tackle.

TECHNIQUE

  • Ball carrier, attack the space and then step and attack one defender. Drive through and present the ball.
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