Using an inverted backline shape, your runners from a ruck can give the 9 more options to pick up the best-placed player to break the defensive line. An inverted three is a group of three players that line up so the furthest player is in front. All but the first player in the line can take the ball with a player in support to drive them out and away from the previous breakdown. It’s easy for the outside players to adjust their timing to support the first player if he’s the receiver. MORE
Quick, quick, wide
Create a system for attack: quick short passing, quick rucking and then passing wide. This session will test a range of your players’ skills in a game scenario.
This simple system should draw in the defenders towards the ruck ball, giving your team space wide out to attack.
- Two players stand together as if from a set piece scrum or lineout.
- One passes to a line of four players tightly grouped who pass the ball down the line.
- The last player takes the ball up to cones A and B and falls over.
- The non-passer from the start races across to secure the ball.
- The ball is then passed out again, with the players standing much wider apart.
- The aim is to release the last player into a wide channel denoted by the cones C and D.
- In the box of three channels, play 10 v 8 starting on the edge of the left channel.
- Attack into the that channel from a mini set piece, using four quick passes.
- If they recycle the ball quickly, then they must try to spread the ball into the far left hand channel to score. With slow ball they attack back from where they came and start the process again.
- Players should be realigned to attack at pace.
- They shouldn’t move until the ball is released from the ruck.