EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Counter attack game training

Use this game with eight to ten players to improve your players’ counter-attacking reactions, so support players who are in front of the kick, especially, can connect with the ball carrier more effectively.

Connect quickly with the ball carrier to attack gaps in the kick-chase.

  • Split into two teams of four, with two near the front of their half and two near the back.
  • Put a player at each side of the box on the halfway line. They will join the counterattack team.
  • Have the back two pairs exchange kicks.

  • When you shout “ play”, the next receiver starts the counterattack. 
  • The attack is joined by the players on the edges of the pitch.
  • The attack aims to score at the far end without the ball carrier being touched. 

MODIFICATIONS

The defenders at the front of the box must wait for the kicker to put them onside before they come forward.

Allow one second to pass the ball if touched to promote close support.

Allow kicking by the counterattack team, which might keep one of the chasers covering back.

GAME FOR FEWER PLAYERS

Use this setup for fewer players (say a backline of seven).

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