EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

One-pass plays

From a tight or close ruck, a one-pass play can create go forward outside the fly-half or first receiver. Use this session to open your players’ mind to different possibilities.

One pass plays are low risk and so should be executed with greater confidence and pass at the tackle line.

ACTIVITY

  1. Have a player feed a first receiver who runs forward about 3m before passing or dummy passing.
  2. Hold up a coloured cone. One colour indicates dummy, the other indicates pass. The other three runners aim at different gates, running and cutting angles.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. In the same area, put three ruck-pad holders 3m behind three gates of cones.
  2. They have to run forward through the gates before changing directions to mark the attackers. 

GAME

  1. Set out three rucks labelled A, B and C inside the box. Put a group of at least six attackers and five defenders at the side of the box.
  2. Tell the attackers which ruck to work from and how many attackers they have, and defenders how many will defend. 
  3. A feeder with a ball runs to that the labelled ruck, waits for the attackers to set and then passes out. 
  4. The attackers have one pass from the first receiver to break the tackle line. They can pass out of the tackle to score.
  5. If you can, use a coach for the attack and a coach for the defence.

TECHNIQUE

  • First receiver, attack the line before releasing the pass.
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