EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Close support, attack and defence

Work on the roles and skills of the attackers and defenders closest to the tackle area in a tight space. This activity puts the players in game-like situations to look for solutions.

Though there are some principles to follow, this activity will give the players an opportunity to try out different ideas. Expect messy outcomes.

ACTIVITIES

  1. Put an attacker on their chest with a ball in front of them, with a support player about 1m behind. Have two defenders about 1m in front of the attacker with the ball, but side-by-side.

  1. When the attacker gets to their feet, the rest of the players react. The attacker aims to get to the line in front of them (5m away).

  1. Using full tackling, the defenders aim to bring the attacker to ground, while the supporting attacker drives the ball carrier through.
  2. If a tackle is made, the defenders have five seconds to grab the ball (legally). The support attacker has to protect the ball carrier.
  3. Swap roles and repeat.

DEVELOPMENTS

  1. Start the support attacker to the side.
  2. Adjust the starting positions of the defenders.
  3. Have the attacker on their feet and receiving a pass from the support attacker.

TECHNIQUE

  • Drive forward low, but square.
  • Keep busy with short, hard steps and the ball tight to the body but shifting to the left and right.
  • Tacklers, legs first then body.
  • Bounce back into the game from the ground.
  • Support attacker, get in behind ball carrier and keep talking.
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