Develop your players’ ability to work in pairs in attack to beat defenders or offload under pressure to a support player. A great skills breakout for Ready4Rugby training. The ball carrier should always aim to go forward first and then beat the defender in front of him. If he can’t then he should be aware of his support players and offload the ball before or during contact. MORE
Social distancing: Keep the width in attack
Develop good spacing in the attacking line to spread the defence and then find gaps. This activity starts the process by pulling attackers out of position and forces them to adjust. The development is ideal for the next stage of Return to Play.
In support, it’s all too easy to bunch up. Help players understand their relative positions to retain good spacing.
- Set up a 20m channel, with four lines of four different coloured cones in each line as above.
- Shout ‘GO’ to start the line running.
- After a few steps, call a line number – 1,2,3 or 4.
- Each player must adjust their running lines to run at THEIR assigned cone colour before taking receipt of the ball.
- Ideally, they pass before they reach the lines of cones in front of them.
- The feeder, who is halfway down the channel throws the ball to the first receiver while the other players adjust to match.
- Then they pass the ball along the line.
- Develop by having the feeder and first receiver run into the next channel to defend.
- The other three players turn into that channel to attack once they have all touched the ball.
- Head up to adjust to the right channel.
- Get the hips as square as possible before passing the ball.