EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Second receiver options

The second receiver from a ruck or set piece needs to act as a ball carrying option or a support player for a close contact in the 10 channel. Often it’s the 12, but all players need to practise these skills.

Unders/overs

  1. Call “unders” or “overs”. The 12 stands on the appropriate cone. Have a first receiver take a pass and run forward. At the same time the 12 runs at a gate of cones and then cuts in or out, taking the pass from the first receiver.
  2. “Overs” is on the left, “unders” is on the right.
  3. Add ruck pad holders as defenders as a development.

Switch/wrap

  1. 12 stands on a cone and then runs at a gate of cones before receiving a pass from the first receiver on the switch. Depending on the position of some advancing ruck pad holders they change their angle of run once they have received the ball.
  2. The gate forces greater accuracy and timing of runs by both passer and receiver.

First supporter

  1. A forward runs from a ruck pad on the ground, with another forward supporting on their inside. They run at a set of ruck-pad holders.
  2. When they make contact, they go to ground. 12 and the other forward clear out the ruck pads and the ball is swept away for 10.
  3. Develop by the ball carrier popping to 12 and supporting as well, or offloading through the pads.

TECHNIQUE

  • Don’t creep – wait for the cue to move.
  • Start slow and accelerate late.
  • Keep talking to the first receiver.
  • Don’t crowd the first receiver.

JARGON

Unders: a running line towards the passer of the ball.

Overs: a running line away from the passer of the ball.

Switch/scissors/cut: take a pass behind the original ball carrier, running towards him.

Wrap: after the switch, arcing out and away to beat the cover defence.

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