EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Quick Coach: Lock and load

CORE SKILLS

  • Contact 
  • Handling
  • Realignment
  • Line speed
  • Decision-making
  • Fixing

THE STORY

“After a 2 v 1 scrum, the attackers reload in position to come forward to beat a defender.”

SET UP

Cones and ball.

HOW TO PLAY

  1. Have a 2 v 1 scrum next to the box. Depending on the level of your players, have a 2 v 1 scrum push.

  2. Have another player feed the scrum. When the attackers have stepped over the ball (not hooked it), the scrummagers break and realign at one end of the box and the defender at the other end of the box.

  1. The feeder recovers the ball and then feeds the attackers when they are set to come forward.

  2. Using either touch or full tackling, the attackers aim to beat the defender in the box.

  3. Rotate roles and repeat.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • Start the scrum further away from the box so the players have further to go.
  • Only allow a pass out of the tackle, so the first ball carrier must aim to beat the defender.

NUMBERS

With three, have a 1 v 1 scrum, with the winner becoming the attacker. The winner is the player who drives forward the most. With five, you can still have a 2 v 1 or a 2 v 2. It’s quite intense, so a resting player is not a bad thing. With six, try 3 v 2 scrums.

Note: All players should be able to take up a scrummage position. Only allow pushing if the players are comfortable with scrummaging.

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