Hold defenders to retain space for receivers to move into. Here are the key points to fixing defenders which should help young and developing players to improve this skill. Generally, defenders want to chase the ball carrier, but their mind is always on whether to stay on the current ball carrier or move onto potential... MORE
Zone to zone
Use various handling and passing skills to set up an attack into a narrow zone containing a defender. Now it’s a choice of pass or not? If so, who to? And when?
A 30x15m channel with:
Zone 1: Lateral pass.
Zone 2: Switch pass
Zone 3: Pass and support
Zone 4: Beat a defender (select correct pass).
Players in pairs – A & B, C & D – with one ball per pair (picture 1).
On your call of “Go!”, players perform lateral passes across zone 1.
Upon reaching zone 2, they split into pairs and complete switch passes – A to B to C to D and player B discards his ball.
Zone 3 is pass and support: A passes to C and runs to the other side to get behind D (picture 2).
The four players finish by sorting their spacing out to beat the solitary defender in Zone 4 and score a try (picture 3).
- It’s a race against the team in the other channel. First to score a try wins.
- A forward pass or dropped ball means a return to the start.
“Use the correct pass for each individual situation.”
“Clear calling for the ball.”
“When attacking the defender, get into the most effective position based on what is in front of you.”
A ball carrier has to make a correctly-weighted pass when confronted by a defender to maintain go forward.