Don’t let your attack become stuck in a one-size-fits-all pod of three players. Test the decision-making skills of the team. The three-player pod allows an additional attacking option to open when the defence doesn’t align to match your attack. MORE
Narrow and wide breakdown scenarios
Use this scenario to create decision-making opportunities around attacking the edge of a defence. The edge is where the end of the line of defenders exists.
Seven ruck pads, four tackle suits, one ball, one tackle tube. A 30m channel and a 15m channel next to it.
To train units to deal with compromised carries. That is, running into a heavy defence close to the ruck or carrying it to the edge and protecting it in wide channels.
SCENARIO PART ONE
- Put seven backs holding pads across the width of the box. Put a 9 at the tackle tube. He passes to a group of three forwards. They win the collision, recycle the ball.
- Work on depth of carry from 9 into a defence which has good line speed and numbers to win the collision and provide quick ball. Forwards should run in-to-out (“overs”) lines. Repeat until the players are comfortable.
- Replace the four inside defenders with players wearing suits, who can tackle and compete.
- This promotes an outside running line, plus pressure at the clearout.
SCENARIO PART TWO
- Widen the box, with forwards on the five inside pads, and two players in the wide channel with suits, who track the play and tackle. The last pad holder tracks the play. The attacking forwards are just dealing with the line speed.
- 9 passes behind the forwards to 10 who moves the ball to the outside backs.
- 11, 12 and 13 carry the ball past “The Edge” and secure the ball from the threat of the live stealers and the last pad.
Once all are happy with the parts, connect the two drills and you play a phase through the forwards, who recycle the ball. Then the backs take the ball to the edge and also have to recycle.