An extra split second of pressure on the opposition can be the difference between success and failure. Rugby defence is not just about defensive systems. The best defensive teams enjoy defending. They are positive in defence and loud and accurate with their communication. So, does your rugby team see defence as a chore or as a great chance to win back the ball? Use the defence drills below to get your team working together to form a more cohesive defensive unit.

How to keep organised in defence against phase ball 3

Combat the flow

in Defence, Practice plans

From successive rucks many teams simply keep attacking in the same direction until they have exhausted all the space. This draws in so many defenders they struggle to cover across for the next attack. This session looks at how to deal with this. MORE

How to improve defensive structure and technique 2

Chaos defending

in Defence, Practice plans

Good defence relies on both individual and collective skills. “Chaos defending” exposes your players to situations where they can develop the full set of defensive skills to achieve success. MORE

How to cover overlaps 2

Overlap cover

in Defence, Practice plans, Tackling

When your opponents have extra players in attack and create an overlap, it is crucial your team works hard to scramble back. Players must slide across in defence to cut down the attack’s space and tackle the ball carrier. This session outlines how to implement such an overlap cover. MORE

How to improve wrap up and attacker and increase chances of turnovers 3

Wrap up and turnover

in Defence, Practice plans, Tackling

Wrapping up the ball carrier in a smother tackle stops them passing or presenting the ball on their terms. It also slows the attack down, letting your defence get organised. There is the added opportunity to regain the ball if the tackler can pull the player down and turn them to your side. MORE

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