I coach boys ages 14-18, they have the skills and ability...but so often they play like scared kittens. How can I build fire and desire in my players? MORE
No pass rugby
Mark out a playing area that is fairly narrow, say approximately 10m wide and 20m long. Condition the game so no passing is allowed.
The ball can be moved between players by having the ball only placed on the ground or pushed into a support player’s stomach. All restarts are tap and pass and there is no kicking.
- Because you are only playing 3v3, you could have four or five games taking place at once so all of your squad is heavily involved.
- The ball carrier improves his evasion skills as he tries to beat the defenders.
- The ball carrier and support players’ ball retention improves.
- The two support players have to stay close to the ball carrier for immediate support.
- The support players improve their body position because they have to.
- The defence improves its tackling, defence and ball stealing abilities.
- Everyone improves their communication skills.
Allow the ball to be passed once from a contact situation. This will help get the ball away from the breakdown and give the receiver a bit of time.
Defenders will now have to be aware of defending the space either side of the tackle point, as they may have worked out they can counter ruck at every breakdown because no passing is allowed.
All your players will really enjoy this game and will develop their technique and decision making as they become aware of what works and what does not.
Play the games in short bursts of a minute, swap teams and give some feedback before continuing.