EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Samba crackers

Develop players’ balance and reaction in attack and defence. The session has lots of chances for good communication and teamwork.

The movement disruption will mean players have to adjust their depth in attack or reconnect to the line in defence.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put three attackers with their backs to lines of offset cones. Ask them to jog backwards in and out of the cones.
  2. Shout “go” and the attackers come forward to beat a pair of defenders in front of them.
  3. Develop by changing the distances between attack and defence and making the lines wider and more offset.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Put three defenders with their backs to the offset cones.
  2. Repeat the same exercise as above but with four attackers coming forward.
  3. Develop the activity in the same way as above.

GAME

  1. Put two sets of four players on the middle line. Have them walk/ jog backwards.
  2. Shout out who is going to attack as they move backwards (you can reward it to the team who is moving backwards the quickest).
  3. Have the ball fed into the attackers, and play touch or full contact.
  4. Allow rucks and mauls until there’s a try or an infringement.
  5. Develop by asking a defender to drop out or asking one player to stay behind on the middle line.

TECHNIQUE

  • Look up and ahead, seeing what the attack/defence is doing and communicating with your teammates.
  • Attack and defend with pace coming forward, but don’t disconnect with teammates.
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