Shuffling and cross-over steps are essential skills for a defender to react to a change of direction of an attacker. Work on these in the development of your players’ tackling progression. MORE
Creating hidden threats
Using two lines of attack can create chaos as the opposition struggles to cope with deep-lying attackers running late into gaps. Work on these “hidden threats” with this punchy exercise.
Second-line players can choose when and where to enter the front line as it reaches the defensive line. That leaves defenders caught between covering different spaces.
- Put two lines of attackers in the first box – three in the front and two behind.
- Three ruck-pad holders start at the other end.
- A 9 feeds the first frontline player.
- The attackers aim to score at the far end, avoiding contact by attacking the pad holders and putting a player (front line or second line) through a gap.
- To develop, play 9 v 6 in the larger box. A 9 feeds a 10, who passes to two attackers.
- They run into a box of two defenders.
- The ball carrier is tackled and is protected by the other attacker.
- In the meantime, five other attackers line up in two lines and attack four defenders from the ensuing ruck.
- Use touch, grab or full tackling.
- Attack at pace, changing angles to create spaces between the defenders.
- Second line: tell the front line where you’re going to be. For example, “just inside”, “just outside” or “just behind for the offload”.