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.
Put two defenders on cones as above.
Have them run forward over another cone. As they run forward, three ruck-pad holders also come forward.
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.
Take away the pads, and have three attackers moving forward.
Run an attacking move (like a switch or miss pass).
Put three defenders about 5m away from an attacking line. Put a feeder and five attackers in a line.
Stand behind the defenders. Indicate to the attack as the ball is passed out whether you want them to go wide or short.
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.
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.
Avoid slow ball at the tackle or even losing the ball by making every ball carrier far more active on the ground. Use these two exercises to build up players’ ball placement skills under pressure.
After the tackle is made, the farther away your player can place the ball from the defence, the harder it is for the opposition to disrupt it. Encourage good placement habits with these exercises. MORE
Put your slow ball ruck plays into more game-like situations. This wrap play exercise is a good starting point, and you can then use it to develop other tactics.
A wrap play turns slow ball into quick ball and allows your 9 to recycle it at pace. MORE