Create a team of players who go forward with the ball and find space to attack by using this square-shaped drill. MORE
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The second principle of attacking rugby is go forward…scroll down to the bottom of this page to check you remember the first principle!
So, let’s focus on that. How do we encourage our players to keep travelling up the pitch towards the opposition try line?
First, play a simple game in training to make the players think again about this principle. It nudges them to run onto the ball, find the right depth and read the situation.
A more physical exercise is the go-forward square drill. In a much narrower space, the players have to use their contact footwork to drive through the tacklers.
Thinking more tactically, your fly-half (10) can make a real impact on whether you are able to go forward from a ruck or maul. In Create go forward from your rugby fly half we ask how “deep” should your fly half stand from the ruck or maul before receiving a pass?
Finally, the lineout affords plenty of opportunities for a go-forward. This lineout activity recreates scenarios for your players to make them adjust their skills to ensure you don’t fail to exploit the space between attack and defence.
PS, the first principle of attack is to gain possession. Did you remember?