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Cliff edge fitness game
Sharpen minds and bodies by reducing defensive numbers and replacing entire attacks when things go wrong – and do it all at an intense pace.
This recreates the pressure of the final minutes of a match with non-stop defence and attack. It improves physical fitness and sharpens the discipline required to attack and defend well.
- In a 20m square, split into three teams of equal numbers. Spread the forwards and backs evenly among each team.
- Team 1 lines up against team 2. Team 3 waits outside the square doing press-ups or sit-ups – they are replacement attackers.
- Team 1 aims to score while team 2 defends. A defensive error sees a nominated defender lap the square twice (“instant sin bin”) before re-entering from behind their tryline. This increases the attacking team’s chances and makes the defence work harder (see picture 2).
- Attacking errors resulting in a scrum, lineout, penalty or free kick – or the defenders winning the ball – see the attacking team replaced.
- Defenders do not become attackers if they win the ball but defend against the other team. Swap attackers if there is no change after two minutes.
- Run defenders for five minutes at a time then change.
- Played at the end of a session when tired, all teams should be looking to maintain the five principles of rugby.