EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Get back in line!

There will always be a drifter in defence. This game teaches attackers to look for the gap the straggler creates while getting defenders to work harder to prevent a try within two phases.

SET UP

A 30x20m channel with a line of four cones placed 10m from one end. Place a defender on each cone and 5m behind the defenders place four different coloured cones. One of the defenders is a named drifter (D). Seven attackers wait at the other end with a ball behind them on the line (picture 1).

THE RULES

You call a colour and the defenders run around the cones behind them. The drifter (D) must run around the colour called so might not be rounding the cone nearest him (picture 2).

When the colour is called, attackers turn, touch the line behind them, retrieve the ball and try and aim to score a try at the far end, looking for a potential gap created by D (picture 3).

Attack and defence is repeated three times to see who comes out on top – allow two phases to score. Switch players and repeat.

SCORING

Defence wins if they prevent the attack from scoring within two phases.

Attack wins if they score a try within two phases.

TELL THEM

“Get back into line as quickly as possible.”

“Tell each other where you are, who you are covering and what help you need.”

“Attackers – look for the gap”.

COACHING TIPS

The need to realign your defence against overwhelming numbers is important. This game will allow a smaller defence to learn how survive against more attackers.

 

Fun rugby games for 12 to 15 year olds key

Get back in line! - part 1

 

Get back in line! - part 2

 

Get back in line! - part 3

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