Encourage all the best attributes in a good defensive line with this game of slide and hammer. It will improve your teams’ line speed and cohesiveness. MORE
Simple pace and depth
Moving onto the ball at pace should be a crucial part of your team’s key outcomes. Using depth can mean less pressure from defenders on the receiver and lets him focus on catching the ball.
This session promotes the first principle of rugby – to go forward. The use of depth can help create movement onto the ball.
- The players get into pairs and start on cones A and B.
- On your signal, they run forward and you feed the ball to the first player, who takes it running.
- He runs to cone C and passes to his partner, who again takes the ball running.
- Finish by scoring.
- Next, increase the group to four and do the same activity but with four passes.
- Finally, to focus on real pace, start the group in a line behind each other.
- On your signal, the players sweep out and forward, passing and running onto the ball.
- Hands up and fingers spread to take the pass.
- Keep the ball off the chest.
- Pass for the receiver.
- Pull the pass back if the receiver is still deep.