Here’s how you can create a better awareness of drift defence, even if you don’t have a large number of players available at training. MORE
These drills also get your rugby players to stay opposite the player they are going to tackle. This is a good rugby coaching session for sorting out “lazy” defenders who do not move forward with the rest of the line.
The objective is to see a line of defenders moving up and back together, while keeping the spacing between themselves constant.
What to get your players to do
Vary the width of the pairs of cones. This makes the players change their spacing while moving forward.
Introduce a “trigger” for the players to move (for instance you hold up a ball). This makes the players watch for a movement before moving up.
Set out three “rucks” (piles of tackle bags) and number them 1, 2, and 3. Put a ball at the back of each.
Split your players into two equal teams, attackers and defenders.
Call out a number, 1 to 3. The teams move to that ruck and try to win the ball. The defence must move up in a straight line and at the same speed.