All defensive patterns require strong communication and an ability to work together as a line. Use this folding defence activity to get groups of players filling in and coming forward to tackle side-on. MORE
Develop your kick return
Work on your counter-attack policies for the back three. This activity covers two phases: first, players must find space from the return, then they need to play away from a quick ruck to exploit an overlap.
This will improve players’ organisational skills so they can attack a blindside after quick ruck ball. Using a small area for the initial kick return develops tactical appreciation.
- Put a back three inside the box in their normal kick return set-up.
- In front of them put a kicker and three chasing defenders. At the side, stand the receiving team’s 9 and 10. Have the kicker punt into the box.
- The back three gather the ball and attack back, using your counter-attack policies .
- The defenders aim to touch the ball carrier.
- Whether or not the back three make it out of the box, a new ball is put in the middle of the same line as where the defenders are stood.
- This represents a ruck. The attackers now realign one way (normally away from where the kicker stood), with the 9 and 10 joining the attack.
- The defence puts two or three players in place and the attack aims to beat them.
- Attack the village, not the city (move the ball away from their forwards).
- Keep communicating.
- Realign quickly so you can attack the space.