EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Basic decoy and running lines

Make sure your decoy runner is actually a credible threat coming onto the ball while keeping himself legal in the process of “taking out” defenders.

ACTIVITY

  • BC engages the first tube
  • A decoy runner (BLK) runs out, then in
  • ŽA feeder (F) pops to a ball carrier (BC)
  • A second  receiver (2nd) runs out and behind BLK

  • BC looks for a second touch
  • BLK must provide a credible threat
  • BC can either pass behind BLK to 2nd or to BLK
  • 2nd aims for the space behind BLK

 

DEVELOPMENT

  • ŒAdd in ruck-pad holders
  • While the first ruck pad holder goes for BC, 2nd can go in or out, forcing a decision

 

CHALLENGE

The decoy runner must always looks like he is going to take the pass to attract defenders. He then aims to get in between defenders if he does not have the ball.

SET UP

A 15m x 10m box, two tackle tubes, two ruck pads.

HOW TO DO IT

  • A feeder (F) makes a short pass to a ball carrier (BC) – see picture 1.
  • BC runs forward before passing to either a decoy/block runner (BLK) or receiver (2nd).  Once BC has passed the ball he looks for a second touch.
  • BLK offers himself for the pass, running out then in towards BC. Meanwhile, 2nd runs tight behind BLK, taking a pass just behind him (see picture 2).
  • Develop by putting in two ruck pad holders. The first pressurises BC, the second decides whether to step in or out (see picture 3).

TECHNIQUE

  • BLK takes his timing off BC, while 2nd times his run off BLK.
  • BLK must stress the defence by always looking like he is a credible receiver.
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