There can be 20 plus lineouts in a match. They are the most competitive set-piece in a game, and tactically crucial if you want to take advantage of penalties you can’t kick at goal. The top teams target a 90% plus completion rate. That means, not just winning the ball, but winning it cleanly. MORE
Develop a chain of passes with players running different angles and coming from different depths to challenge defences.
- Call which colour cone to run around
- Three attackers run into the box
- A feeder waits by the side of the pitch
- The attackers run around the coloured cone and then readjust to each take a pass
- The feeder passes to the attackers
- Four attackers start either side of a corner, entering the box to receive a pass
- Three defenders start on the side of the opposite corner to the attackers
- Use touch tackling
Passing “chains” rarely run in straight lines. A series of passes might have players attacking from strange angles and require different passes.
A 20m box, cones, one ball.
HOW TO DO IT
- Spread out at least six cones in one half of the box.
- Put a feeder halfway up one side. Put three attackers in the corner on the same side as the feeder.
- Get the attackers to run into the box, each one going around one of the coloured cones called out. The nearest player to the feeder receives a pass, then passes to another attacker who in turn offloads to the last attacker who scores a try.
- Make the box shorter and/or wider to offer different challenges such as shorter/longer passes and narrower running channels.
- Put two defenders at the far end who come forward to pressurise.
- Put four attackers at one end of the box with a feeder at one side. Put two defenders on the side about 5m away from the feeder and another defender at the far end of the box.
- When you shout “GO” the players come forward to attack and defend.
- Use touch tackling, with the aim that the attackers should run and pass untackled to the try line. Remove one defender if they find it too difficult.
- Hands up when you are ready to receive the ball.
- Look where you are passing.
- Look ahead when you are running into position.