EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Defensive curves

When the defence is outnumbered, it has to drift with the pass. It still has to go forward, but has to curve out at the same time. This session works on those curves.

Defensive systems aim to cut down the time and space for the attack, even when they have to drift out.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put two defenders on cones as above.
  2. Have them run forward over another cone. As they run forward, three ruck-pad holders also come forward.
  3. A feeder passes to one of two attackers behind the ruck pads. If they pass to the first attacker, the defenders drive into the two pads in front of them. If the feeder passes to the wider attacker, then the defenders drift out.

DEVELOPMENTS

  1. Take away the pads, and have three attackers moving forward.
  2. Run an attacking move (like a switch or miss pass).

GAME SITUATION

  1. Put three defenders about 5m away from an attacking line. Put a feeder and five attackers in a line.
  2. Stand behind the defenders. Indicate to the attack as the ball is passed out whether you want them to go wide or short. 

  1. The defenders have to run forward, close down the space and then drift if necessary. Use two-handed touches on the chest before moving to full contact.

TECHNIQUE

  • Defenders: go forward fast and the read the attack. Drift up and out if they move the ball wide.
  • Keep your discipline as a line. The inside player is your guide.
  • Curve your run as you drift so you remain balanced.
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