EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Hot potato

Get players used to holding the ball, running with it then passing it – and doing so in a limited timespan. This possession game gives players just three seconds to do everything.

Set-up

Play 6v6 in a 15m square (picture 1).

The rules

On your whistle each player has two seconds in possession of the ball before passing to a team mate. Players can run with the ball but must pass within the allotted time.

Only two-handed passes are allowed – no tapping the ball onwards or one-handed overhead passes. Use two-handed touch tackles only.

If dropped, over the time limit or touched in possession, the other team gets the ball.

Scoring

Place a time limit on the game (say one minute) and one team stays in possession for that entire time if not touch-tackled. The number of passes made in that time decides the winning team.

Have as many games as players permit, going down to 4v4 or 5v5 if necessary.

Tell them

“Look for support before AND while you have the ball.”

“Calling at the right time in the right way: Not “ME” or “YES” but “LEFT”, “RIGHT” or “BEHIND”.

“Get into position to receive the pass safely.”

“Secure the ball before passing it on.”

Coaching tips

Gets players catching and passing while under pressure and looking for support from team mates.

 

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