In Lockdown planning: Quick ruck ball sessions, we focused on applying pressure on the defence. Now, let's plan for the other side of the ball. France's defence coach, Shaun Edwards says that it is his main metric for success: slowing down ruck possession. To enhance learning, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this. 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.