You should incorporate passing under pressure into every training session, even if just part of a warm-up. Using this 10-minute progression will improve your players’ passing. MORE
Flat and deep
This is a game like session which recognizes that sometimes the players are not perfectly aligned from a ruck and have to adjust their running lines accordingly.
A good session to mix up forwards and backs. You can also identify decision makers who happily take on the role of first receiver.
- Set up a feeder and three attackers at the side of the box, as shown above. Put two ruck-pad holders about 1m back from where the feeder will release the ball.
- Call out a number and the players run to the corresponding cones. They may have a flat, steep or varied alignment.
- When the first receiver is ready, the feeder releases the ball and the attackers must pass and run to the “gain line” from where the feeder released the ball without being touched in possession by the ruck-pad holders.
- Put five attackers on one line and three defenders 15m away. Have the 9 run to one of the cones as designated by you.
- The attackers have the time it takes for the feeder to get to the cone to realign. They pass it immediately.
- Playing scrag touch or full contact, the attacking team must score over the line where the defenders started without resorting to a ruck or maul.
- Let the ball carrier create the depth, so hold your run.
- Run straight, pass hard and flat.
- Scan ahead and at your own players so you can know when and where to run.