EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Instinctive reaction in handling

Make players react instinctively to each other with this thought-provoking activity, says former Tigers coach, Mike Penistone.

When we consider support play we should expect the ball carrier to go where his instincts take him and the support players to react instinctively.

If ball carriers wait for support we may “lose the moment” nullifying the instincts of the support player. It’s hard to defend unpredictable, spontaneous action and reaction. As a coach, don’t over coach, but position yourself where you can make quick one-off comments to players.

Remember instinctive performance applies to you also. Let comments flow as the play develops before you. Don’t plan what to say. If nothing needs saying, so be it.

  1. Start five attackers on their fronts.

  1. Have them get up and run down the narrow channel, using short passing to beat six ruck-pad holders.

  1. On your whistle, they move into the wide channel and beat the four defenders coming forward from random starting points.
  2. It’s live tackling in the wide box. Play until there’s a breakdown or a try is scored.

TECHNIQUE

  • Aim to pass before contact or if in contact look to offload.
  • Otherwise aim to stay on the feet, with a rip or drive from the next supporter.
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