EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Long pass plays – timing and running lines

Make sure your long passer engages the defence and delivers the pass in front of the receiver. Develop the receivers’ timing so you can create more space using these plays.

Make long pass plays crisp to stop defenders drifting with the pass.

EXERCISE

  1. Put a receiver in the 5m channel at the side of a pitch, another player in the 5-15m channel and another player outside the 15m channel.
  2. Put a defender opposite the first two players.
  3. Have a feeder pass to the first receiver, with the defence starting 8m back from the line of the ball.
  4. The first receiver must pass the ball inside his own channel but can then loop to receive another pass.
  5. Using touch tackling, the defence closes down the attack who aim to score in the far channel.
  6. One point for a score in the first two channels, two points in the far channel.

  1. Using a miss pass.
  2. Using a short pass, then a long pass.
  3. Switching channels.
  4. Using a loop play.

GAME SITUATION

 

  1. Put four attackers at one end of the box, with three in the one half and one in the other.
  2. Put a feeder about 5m outside the box, about 5m up.
  3. Shout out a letter, then countdown from 5.
  4. Three defenders run around the lettered cone.
  5. Using touch or full tackling, the attack has to score at the far end once they receive the ball after the countdown.

TECHNIQUE

  • Long passer: fix your opposite man, then release the pass.
  • Last receiver: hold your run, don’t drift away from the pass.
  • Aim to fix the defence before attacking the outside channels.
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