VIDEO: Passing back into space
Watch our drill to practise three core skills in one exercise – running with the ball, stepping wide of an opponent, and passing to a support runner. Once players have got the hang of it, have a race.
Stepping out and passing back into the space.
HOW TO DO IT
Set up a 10m long x 3m wide box, with a cone placed halfway along each length. These two cones need to be different colours.
Put an attacker at one end. He stands 2m outside the box, with a support player behind him.
As the attacker runs into the box, a feeder standing on the corner passes him a ball.
Shout out a colour – the attacker runs to that cone and passes inside to the support player.
The support player passes to the original feeder, who has joined the attack.
Swap roles and repeat.
Run this a few times and then let adjacent boxes race against each other. You shout “go” and then a colour. See which is the first team with their feeder to score a try.
Keep hips facing up the pitch when stepping out so it’s easy to pass back inside.
WHAT TO CALL OUT
“Make the pass on the run, not standing still”
“Push the pass at chest height”
“Get your hands up ready to receive the pass”
“Call for the ball”
A SIMPLE PRACTICE
Put four ruck-pad holders in a 10m wide corridor – one every 5m.
Put four attackers in single file at the start of the corridor, the first one with a ball. They run into the box.
The attackers use passing and dummy passing to get to the end of the corridor.
Each ruck-pad holder aims to knock over the ball carrier when the carrier comes level with him. The pad holder can only move sideways, not forward.
Develop by taking away the ruck pads. The tacklers can only tackle at waist height or below.
About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and WRU Course Leader. He is currently the Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and was Assistant Coach on the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.