EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Support, pace and chase

If the supporting player chases the ball carrier, they are likely to be close enough to take a pass. But get too close and they overrun. This pointsified session helps work on that.

This session develops taking the pass at pace, supporting the ball carrier and moving off line before passing.

  1. In a 12m square, set up a coned start gate and two 2m coned squares. Two attackers stand by a single cone while a defender waits in the coned gate. See the picture above for exact placements.
  2. A feeder passes to the first attacker who scores a point for taking the pass on the run. They advance with their support player. 

  1. The defender, who is 4m behind the attackers, now starts their chase. They round the cone while the ball carrier aims for the first 2m square. 
  2. The ball carrier scores another point getting off a pass to his support runner as in the picture above.

  1. The support runner adds the final point by running through the second 2m box and scoring a try without being touched (as in the picture above).
  2. They get no points if they miss their square. Adjust squares so players pass left-to-right then right-to-left.

TECHNIQUE

  • Hands up to the pass.
  • Run upright and eyes up.
  • Keep ball off the chest.
  • Call for ball in support.
  • Pass into the path of the runner.
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