Small group overlap challenges

Should an attack be successful at a 2 v 1 every time? At the top level, most of the time you would have thought, yet you would be surprised how often they fail.

Add in another attacker and defender, or even two attackers and one defender, and that ratio of success drops very quickly.

But it is still a golden opportunity to make ground and even score. So, you need to increase the success rate, and you do this by creating as many scenarios as you can.

The principles remain the same. It’s the timing and intent that changes, depending on how the defence line up and move forward.

The key principles are:

  • Attack the defence to reduce their thinking time.
  • Attack the ball when you receive it.
  • Pass in front of the player so they catch and see the defence.

How about “inside shoulders”, “drawing the defender”, “square hips”?

Inside shoulders means attacking the defender so they are fixed in position to make the tackle. The ball carrier runs at the shoulder of the defender that is furthest from the next receiver. This draws the defender from that spare player. It is easier to do if the hips are facing up the pitch, in other words, square shoulders.

It is not, however, these aren’t principles. Because the defenders can be arriving from many different angles.

Here’s a collection of activities to work on the principles, and develop skills and understanding in a variety of scenarios.

  • Square hips, hold feet 4 v 2
  • Quick Coach: Corner try
  • Two plus one v two
  • Change your 2 v 1 expectations for young players
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