The shortened 4-man lineout is a weapon best used between your own 10m and opposition 22m lines. The aim is to set up a platform and create space with "spare" forwards doing the attacking and drawing in defending players as a result. MORE
Coach lineouts: Tactics
The lineout is a battle of wits as well as technical excellence. If you can fool the defence, or outguess the attack, you are going to be master of the lineout.
In this section, we have a range of tactical activities to win lineouts, whether in attack or defence.
First, we look at shortened lineouts, when you don’t put in all your players. There are tips for using 2- to 6-man lineouts, and then a focus on winning 4-man lineouts based on defensive set ups.
Win the ball at the front
Then we look at different ways to trick the opposition and win the ball at the front of the lineout.
Defending a lineout
Finally, we consider defence. The first looks at winning the ball in the air, outguessing the opposition. The second looks at stopping their lineout maul.