Change the pace of support by getting players running backwards before coming forward
Set out three 5m lines of cones 3m apart. Put two ruck pad holders 10m in front of the first two lines and a feeder to the side. Put three attackers with their backs to the lines of cones. Ask them to jog backwards in and out of the cones.
When you shout “go”, all players come forward. The attackers take a pass from the feeder and aim to beat the ruck pad holders in front of them by getting the ball to the player in space.
Develop by changing the distances between attack and defence and making the lines wider apart and the cones more offset.
Change the activity round by having three defenders jogging backwards and four attackers coming forward. Play two-handed touch tackling instead of ruck pads.
You will need
2 ruck pads
Got more players?
Rotate players frequently, or set up more lines of cones and run another game simultaneously.
What to tell your players
“Be alert and ready to run forward”
“Keep talking to the players next to you”
“Run onto the ball at pace”
Improve your players’ footwork before contact and how they protect the ball, so they retain possession. An excellent breakout exercise during a normal session.
The attacker should dominate any contact whether to offload or wait for support. MORE