EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Dancing alignment

Attack as a line, defend as a line and constantly let each other know what you want and what you
expect of others – this game combines handling, tackling and support and creates overloads.

Set-up

A 40x20m box with 1m coned gates arranged as shown in the top picture. Four defenders (D) and six attackers (A) with a ball wait at one end (picture 1).

The rules

On your call of “Go!” the defenders run through the first gate one at a time. They realign then continue through the next gate (picture 2).

On your second call of “Go!” defenders stop, realign and face the six attackers who look to score a try at the far end (picture 3).

Scoring

  • Points are scored per try and per tackle made with additional points for slick handling/accurate passing.

Tell them

“Tell team mates where you want the ball or where you want them to go.”

“Keep an eye on the ball and ensure you are all in a line whether attacking or defending.”

“Focus on the tackle area and do not be distracted by evasive tactics.”

“Hands up for the ball in a W-shape, passing across body to chest.”

“Be at team mate’s shoulder for pass/defensive cover.”

Coaching tips

As coaches we want our players to run forward in a line together. This game teaches this and also works on defensive realignment.

 

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