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Scrum defence training: Closing down their options
If each player knows their role, you should be able to mark all the attacking options from a scrum. Use these exercises to connect your defensive backline and forwards with your scrum-half.
Your 9 needs to clearly indicate who he’s covering. Get 9s and 10s to work with the forwards in training as much as possible.
- Set up a scrum on the left-hand side to defend.
- Put a defensive back row, 9 and two back-line defenders against an attacking 8, 9 and midfield.
- Run a couple of plays from scrums with the ball at the feet of the attacking 8.
- The defenders run the lines indicated above.
- Use touch tackling (this is an organisational session).
- Defensive duties: 9 covers their 10, 10 their 12, 12 their 13. 8 runs inside 9 and 6 covers behind the line.
- Then run the same play from a right-hand scrum.
- Here the defensive 9 can come around the back of the scrum or decide to move to the left-hand side to join the back line.
- Defensive duties: 9 chases round the back of the scrum 7 covers their 10, 10 their 12, 12 their 13 8 runs behind defence, 6 covers inside 7 NOTE: 9 can run back and around to the openside to make an extra defender.
- Develop by pushing the players around the scrum to defend from a wheeled scrum.
- So, instead of the flanker standing at the corner of the pad, he moves up the edge and so on. Further develop by adding a blindside winger on each side and with the 8 running off the back of the scrum.
- RIGHT WHEEL Defensive duties: 9 attacks 9, 7 covers their 10, 8 covers behind, 6 covers inside 7.
- LEFT WHEEL Defensive duties: 9 and 7 pincer their 9, 8 covers their 10, 6 covers inside 8.