The quality of the chase can define the quality of the kick. Work on “killing” the options available to the receiving team, thus pressurising them into mistakes or poor returns. MORE
The 7 and 10 defensive unit
Work on the connection between the number 7 and number 10 from the side of scrum.
Start with back row players D6, D7, D8 standing as if in a defensive scrum, with D10 5m further back. D9 also forms part of the unit defence. Get A9 to pass to a A10 with A12 in support. A9 passes from where A8 would be. At this point, D7 links up with D10 on his inside to cut off A 10.
If the ball is passed to A12, D7 and D10 move across to cover.
Do the same set up from the tail of a lineout. D10 must be 10m back.
Then go on to do it in team defence with a full complement. Do this from various places on the pitch because D9 will have various roles.
- Speed of D10 to catch up with D7.
- D7 to talk with D10 and stay inside him.
- D10 to stay inside A10’s running channel.
- D7 to stay in the channel between set piece and A10 to tackle inside players. When there is no threat in that channel, he pushes on to A10.
- D10 must not go out until D7 tells him.
- D8 must fill inside D7 and the nearest lock then goes inside D8, etc, to get a full line.
- D 9 is sweeping just behind this line.
- D7 must not get isolated.