EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Out of the blocks

Organisation and line speed are the foundations of an offensive defence. This activity develops the lines of running, communication and speed to put pressure on the attack.

Pressure created by denying the opposition time and space can often result in errors, forcing turnovers often without having to make a tackle. These are the foundations of a blitz defence.

  1. Split into groups of three.
  2. Start on row 1 with player 1 on cone 1, player 2 cone on 2 and so on.
  3. You call go. Players shuffle laterally one cone, getting outside their imaginary opponent and get into a prepared defensive body position, like a sprinter.
  4. You can touch a ball as a trigger.
  5. Players explode “out of the blocks” and run diagonally forward two rows and in one cone.
  6. They then recover quickly back on row 2. Meanwhile the next group move forward to start.

  1. Develop by playing 4 v 2.
  2. Set up as above.
  3. Two defenders move into position outside the middle attackers.
  4. The first attacker triggers defence by passing off the ground.
  5. The defenders prevent the ball getting to the last attacker by using line speed to put pressure only on the middle attackers.

  1. Finish by working on a live attack.
  2. Call out how many attackers and defenders come into the box.
  3. Always have at least one more attacker than defender.

TECHNIQUE

  • Get to the outside of the attacker.
  • Come up together from out to in on the trigger.
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