EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Support with depth

Encourage support players to keep their depth and width, and get onto the end of a pass from the ball carrier either pre or post contact/tackle.

If support players can learn the body language and intentions of their teammates, they can anticipate the best lines to take.

  1. After receiving a pass from a feeder, the ball carrier attacks the first defender using footwork.
  2. Make sure the feeder is always back in play as a support player.
  3. Other support players hold their depth and width and run aggressive running lines into the spaces left free by the defenders moving laterally.
  4. Defenders are only allowed to move laterally to allow the attackers to move forward.

  1. Add in more ruck-pad holders in a wider area and then more attackers. One option above.

  1. Another option for pad holders and attackers to start from.
  2. Start with defenders holding ruck pads to help towards successful outcomes. Passes to support players can be made pre or post tackle/contact.
  3. Then develop in different sized boxes and then take away the ruck pads.

TECHNIQUE

  • Support players holding their depth and communicating to the ball carrier.
  • Support players running to the space the ball carrier has taken the defenders away from.
  • Support players running into the zone/space that the ball carrier’s run has taken him away from (do not run into the same holes).
  • The passer should try to get another touch on the ball.
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