EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Colourful defending

A game that combines attack, defence and kicking: Do you allow your defenders lots of time to get organised or do you let the attack get a head of steam and hit them hard?

SET UP

A 40x10m channel divided into 10m squares with different coloured cones. Two attackers (A1 and A2), two defenders (D1 and D2) plus a kicker (K) start at one end of the channel. (picture 1).

THE RULES

On the ball being kicked down the channel by K, A1 and A2 chase and retrieve it.

Once they have gathered the ball, you call a colour – in our example “yellow” – and the attackers must cross that line on their way to scoring a try.

This might mean that they have to run further up the channel and turn, or they pass it as they turn and head back to the try line. When the attackers have crossed that line, the defenders quickly advance in a bid to stop the try (picture 2).

SCORING

  • Score with a try, or set a time limit to encourage speed by the attackers.

TELL THEM

“Give clear and helpful information to the team mate chasing down the ball.”

“Trust your team mate’s advice at all times.”

“Use a variety of kicks but stay within the channel.”

COACHING TIPS

When chasing a kick that has gone behind a full back or wingers, communication when chasing is often forgotten. This game starts that conversation between your players (picture 3).

 

Fun rugby games for 12 to 15 year olds key

Colourful defending - part 1

 

Colourful defending - part 2

 

Colourful defending - part 3

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