EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Mirror ball

Run backline moves in a competitive format to force players to run the correct lines under pressure. It is best run as a unit skills session with the backs.

ACTIVITY

  1. Two backlines run a move against each other, with the perceived pressure coming from someone running towards you

  1. The 9s run around their cones before passing the ball out
  2. The pre-arranged move has the penetrating runner going through different gaps

GAME SITUATION

One of the defenders is told to do a press up (or more!)

CHALLENGE

Play with your heads up.

HOW TO DO IT

ACTIVITY

  • Set out two back lines of three or four players, each with a feeder, standing opposite each other.
  • Before the back lines play, dictate which “gap” they have to run through, so the penetrating runner is going through a different space to the group opposite.
  • Get the feeder to run around a cone before passing to his back line.
  • Challenge each team to move the ball over their designated gap before the other.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Change widths of the attack area, so spaces are smaller.
  • Make one group work flatter and the other deeper.
  • Make it into a competition – for example, the least amount of dropped balls.

GAME SITUATION

  • You need to change perceived pressure into actual pressure. Run a back line move against a defence, say 4v4, with a 9 passing to the first attacker.
  • Tell one defender to drop to their front and do one press-up before rejoining the defence.
  • The other defenders race up. The attackers run their move, aiming to use the right option to find the gap. If they break, then it is a 2v1.
  • Change it to 4v3. Make the defenders spread out with different gaps between them (say 1m and 8m).

TECHNIQUE

  • Identify space/gap the move will aim for.
  • Execute the move at pace and before the gain line.
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