Use these three drills to build an attacking pattern to counter-attack from a kick to a winger. Note the running lines and how and when the ball is moved to create space. Finally, put this into game-related situations. MORE
Cover and contest
Help your backs communicate, cover and then compete for the high ball under pressure. Creating match-like scenarios develops their ability to identify which areas to cover when receiving kicks.
Spatial awareness and jump-catching skills are tested here. You can mix up players and combinations, and also include back-row forwards to make up the numbers (such as when the front five are doing scrum profiling).
- Set out two back lines (or skeleton back lines).
- Have the 9 pass to 10, who must kick or pass the ball.
- If he kicks, he aims to make a contestable kick for his midfield players to chase.
- The defending centres should try to “shepherd” their chasers by running with or in front of them (be careful not to illegally obstruct!).
- If the defence is hanging back in anticipation of the kick, the 10 should pass to ensure that the opposition are kept honest.
- Use touch tackling only.
- You can also work from a box kick situation by using a blindside chasing winger.
- Attacking 10: look for spaces, but ensure your chasers have a chance to challenge for the ball.
- Defenders: communicate who is covering and who is contesting.
- Catcher: call early. Run and jump forward onto the ball, don’t just stand and jump.