Work on good setups and movement, jumping and organisation in your lineout pods with this dynamic activity. It should mix up roles of your players. Let players try out different roles, even if it’s not perfect. That allows players to realise what works for all those involved in the lineout lift and jump. MORE
Clever wins at the front of the lineout
Most teams are unprepared to defend the front of the lineout so when used as a surprise tactic, attacking the 5m channel can be highly effective.
The key is deceiving opponents and disguising the point of attack. The pod at the back must keep the defence guessing where the intended target is. If the opposition do not move as planned, then be prepared to change the call.
Set a full lineout with two distinct pods of three with a big gap between them and a tail gunner (the player at the back). To initiate the lineout, pod 1 moves back quickly as far as it can and the receiver moves with it.
The defending jumper and supporters have followed pod 1 back. The pod 1 jumper jumps supported from behind. The front supporter turns quickly and receives a flat throw at the front of the lineout. Supported by the hooker, he attacks.
Set the lineout with your strongest runner in the tail gunner position. Just before the ball is thrown, the receiver and tail gunner swap places. Pod 1 moves back to create space.
The pod 1 jumper jumps supported from behind, the front support player receives a short throw and pops the ball to the receiver running at pace into the 5m channel.