EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Ready, steady, attack

Get your players in place quickly to attack at pace from the next ruck in this simple realignment activity.

Creating and keeping depth in an attacking line running onto the ball at pace and still have space and time to pass.

ACTIVITY

  1. Set out the cones as above, with a “tackle line” about 5m in front of the first cone.
  2. Put four to five players to the side of the cones, a ball and a scrum half.

  1. When you shout go, the players run into position behind the cones.

  1. Once the first receiver is happy his team mates are all in place, they call for the ball. It is passed along the line to the last player, ensuring that every player runs onto the ball and the last pass is before the “tackle line”.
  2. Repeat with different players taking up the first receiver role. Then swap so players pass from right to left.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Put two defenders 10m in front of the attacking line. They pressurise the first two attackers.
  2. Take away the cones to see if the players can align themselves correctly.
  3. Time how quickly the players can get into position and then pass the ball to the end of the line.

TECHNIQUE

  • Straight running.
  • Hands towards the pass.
  • Passing in front of team mates and keeping the ball off the chest.
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