This is a great high-energy drill to use before moving on to lineout plays later in your unit session. It’s a competitive activity to develop lifters’ reaction times and technique, both in attack and defence. MORE
4 v 4 lineouts for tempo
Lineouts start with the players walking into the set piece. Your players need to get used to arriving, concealing their intentions and having the confidence to jump to meet the throw.
Work on your players’ ability to make the right jump and beat any opposition jumpers, plus develop the right tempo and timing.
- Put four attackers near where the lineout will take place.
- Have them walk into the line.
- As they arrive (unless it’s a front ball), the hooker throws.
- That means the players need to move into position and lift quickly to meet the ball.
- Develop by adding in a defensive set of four players.
- The attackers arrive and repeat their jump.
- The defenders don’t move up and down the lineout but do jump, so the attackers have to see where that potential jump is and react.
- You’re challenging the attackers to ideally win a ball that clears the defence.
- Finally, allow some movement from the defence.
- The defenders are only allowed to move once the attackers reach the lineout.
- Make the call before the lineout.
- Trust the jumpers to meet the ball – lift quickly.
- Jump vertically.
- Arrive at an angle so players are facing slightly forward.