EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Quick Coach: Fend and pass

CORE SKILLS

  • Footwork
  • Fend
  • Contact
  • Handling
  • Continuity

THE STORY

“The ball carrier uses a strong fend to create space and time to pass the ball to their supporting player while the defender aims to disrupt. They then turn the corner and repeat.”

SET UP

Three cones, 3m apart, one ball.

HOW TO PLAY

  1. Put an attacker with a ball in the first space between the cones and another attack about 2m away. Put a defender next to the middle cone facing away from the ball carrier and another on the other side of the middle cone facing the oncoming attacker.

  2. Have the ball carrier pass to the attacker who then goes around and through the gap.

  1. The defender can only move sideways and aims to grab the shirt of the attacker.

  2. The attacker passes the ball if they are held or runs around to the next defender.

  3. The attackers continue to go around twice, before they swap roles.

  4. Once both groups have gone “clockwise”, they then run anti-clockwise.

  5. Have a spare ball at the ready to throw to the attackers if they drop the ball or it goes forward.

  6. Count the successful attempts.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • Make the tacklers more active, so they come forward.

NUMBERS

With five, have three defenders and make the area into a triangle shape. With six, make the area into a square.

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