EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Onto the fringe and into the fire

One of the most difficult things to teach a group of players is their ability to change from a defensive mindset to an attacking one effectively. Here is an activity that does just that.

Make the players think that they need to defend as an organised unit and then be able to attack at pace when the ball is turned over. It’s not going to be easy.

SET UP

  1. A 25m by 20m channel with a clear entry point at each end. A 15m box next to the channel, with different coloured cones on each side (so each line is colour coded). A ruck pad with a ball on the top of each pad in the middle of each channel.
  2. Have four groups of players outside the box facing in.

  1. Call LEFT or RIGHT and the players must all rotate to the next side of the square.
  2. As they arrive at that side, the players must approach the pad as a breakdown.

  1. Once the players have moved left and right a few times, call a colour. The players on that side pick their ball up and enter the channel to score a try. They can enter whichever side of the channel they wish.
  2. The side opposite the colour called must enter the channel at the other end and defend. The game continues for two phases or until a try is scored.

TECHNIQUE

  • Maintain a good defensive shape until called into attack.
  • Lots of talk when moving from defence into attack.
  • Don’t bunch around the ball carrier, offer different options.
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