EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

The five step challenge

Help players work on running forwards as well as passing backwards, but also on what happens next – realignment and ready to play again.

By building up the intensity you can isolate passing and go-forward skills. Make the players get into position to run forwards and pass backwards.

  1. Place four players into the first channel with a person acting as a feeder.
  2. He passes the ball to the first player who takes FIVE STEPS ONLY and then passes.
  3. The next player does the same until player 4 does their five steps and then puts the ball on the ground.

  1. The players run into the next channel and play the ball from where player 4 put the ball down.
  2. They all pass again while taking five steps but this time player 4 should be able to score a try before finishing their fifth step.
  3. If they have scored the try, make the channel a little longer to make them work a harder.
  4. To begin with, try to complete the activity at walking pace then gradually build up the intensity.

  1. Develop by placing a defender into channel 2 and allow them to run at one of the player preventing them from taking their five steps.

TECHNIQUE

  • Square up shoulders to make them parallel with the try line before taking the five steps.
  • Pass in front of the receiver.
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