EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Through the middle

A bread and butter session working on beating an organised defence which is right in front of the ball carrier.

Sometimes there’s no choice but to go through the defence.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put three ruck-pad holders at one end of the box. Have a feeder pass to anyone of three attackers who are coming forward into the box.

  1. The ball carrier has to step to the edge of the ruck pad holder to get through. If he is blocked then he either goes to ground, offloads or gets driven through the gap.
  2. Make sure the feeder does not always pass to the middle player.

DEVELOPMENTS

  1. Take away the middle ruck pad, so the defender can tackle. That should encourage the ball carrier to aim away from the middle.
  2. Change the widths of the box, so attackers have more or less room.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Set up three attackers, a feeder and three defenders as in the bottom picture. Play live rugby until the ball is turned over, or the attack make a break.
  2. The feeder can run with the ball, meaning the inside defender has to guard the ruck pad.
  3. You can check that the attack change angles, offer speed onto the ball, plus work on the defence coming forward from the feed.

TECHNIQUE

  • Attack the edges of the defenders.
  • Keep driving forward, don’t twist.
  • Look after the ball. If you have to go to ground, fight to get a better body position to place the ball.
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