EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Go forward from the lineout

There’s 10-15m for the ball carrier to run before he meets the lineout defence. Both attack and defence need to consider how to cover this space effectively to create or prevent breaks and quick ball.

ACTIVITY

  1. ŒThe “lineout” players aim to support the attacker and defender
  2. The defender comes forward after the pass
  3. ŽAn attacker is fed a long pass, and aims to score at the far end

DEVELOPMENT

  1. ŒAdd in more attackers and defenders
  2. The feeder can pass from any of the three cones, representing different points in the lineout

 

GAME SITUATION

  1. F runs to one of the ruck pads, falls on it and then passes the ball to the 9, who passes it into the main box
  2. Play 3v3, with supporting players from the lineout

 

CHALLENGE

Win the race to the gain line. In attack, look to offload or win the tackle battle to give your support a target. In defence, slow down the ball and realign quickly.

HOW TO DO IT

ACTIVITY

  • Put an attacker and defender on opposing sides of a 10m x 5m box each with a support player outside the box. Get a feeder to pass the ball to an attacker who aims to get to the far end of the box.
  • The defender in the box comes forward to tackle him.
  • Playing full contact, let the play develop inside the box – the attacker is looking for a positive outcome: a try, an offload or a good ball placement to his supporting attacker.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Outside a 15m square, get a feeder to pass from one of three cones (representing front, middle or back ball).
  • Put two attackers and defenders in support as if from the back of a lineout.
  • A further two attackers aim to score at the far end of the box against the two extra defenders. Play full contact.

GAME SITUATION

  • Outside a 20m x 15m box, get a forward (F) carrying a ball to run along the line of ruck pads.
  • At a designated ruck pad, he turns, jumps and drops the ball down to a clearing passer.
  • Two attackers and two defenders by the ruck pads support a 3v3 inside the box. You can make the box as wide as you want.
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