EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Rehearse your blocker lines

Encourage players to run penetrating lines in this attack session. Effective blocker lines require lots of practice and will help players make the right passing choice depending on how a defence reacts.

Blocker lines entail a player running in front of another, so forcing a defender out of position. It’s legal if that blocker doesn’t make contact with the defender.

  1. Line players up in groups of four facing the defender.
  2. The first player has the ball.
  3. Even if he’s a prop or a wing, he should see himself as a 10 in this situation.
  4. The other three should think of themselves as two centres and a wing.
  5. Before each run, tell the defender which player he has to target (A2 or A3).
  6. In option 1, the 13 (A3) runs in front of his 12 (A2) towards 10 (A1, the ball carrier), hoping the defender will be drawn across to cover him.
  7. Then A1 passes behind him to A2, who attacks the space vacated by the defending 13.
  8. There’s no guarantee how a defence will react.

OPTION 2

  1. So if the defender doesn’t fall for the run of the blocking runner, A1 hits the runner.
  2. A1 moves forward and makes a short pass to A3.
  3. A3 runs up and then across to draw the defender, but calls for a short pass as the defender has drifted out.

OPTION 3

  1. The 14 (A4) stays wide to offer a 2 v 1 if the defender doesn’t get pulled out of position.

TECHNIQUE

  • Rather than run an immediate diagonal, the intended receiver should run a straight line, then bounce out of it into the hole.
  • There are no “dummy” runners. You should always expect the pass.
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