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.
Two backlines run a move against each other, with the perceived pressure coming from someone running towards you
The 9s run around their cones before passing the ball out
The pre-arranged move has the penetrating runner going through different gaps
One of the defenders is told to do a press up (or more!)
Play with your heads up.
HOW TO DO IT
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.
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.
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).
Identify space/gap the move will aim for.
Execute the move at pace and before the gain line.
About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and WRU Course Leader. He is currently the Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and was Assistant Coach on the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.