Use these questions to support planning and reflection in your players as they are playing Ready 4 Rugby matches/training. Below each question, I add some of the possible answers and follow up questions. Of course, the players may come up with even better thoughts. THE QUESTIONS How does transition give us an opportunity to create pressure and score or win the ball back? What are the key elements of transition which would allow us to achieve this successfully? What are our goals whilst transitioning from attack to defence or from defence to attack? MORE
Creating realistic side on tackling opportunities
A disorganised defence will need to make more side on tackles. This game creates more opportunities for side on tackles, though it does not mean that all the tackles will have to be side on.
Players: Minimum 7 v 7.
Area: 30m square.
Equipment: One ball.
- To start the game proper, the attack has to go through a defined “tackle area”. Once through this area, play normal rugby rules.
- The first ruck is non-contested, but the ball must be released within two seconds.
- Any infringement leads to a restart.
- Do not allow kicking.
- 3 points for a try.
- 1 point for any tackle after the first ruck.
What to call out
- “Keep your eyes open in the tackle”
- “Tackler: get your feet close to the ball carrier and drive through”
- Side on tackles happen when the defence is stretched, with defenders moving laterally to catch the ball carrier. The defined “tackle area” creates a definite ruck and the defence has to chase round to cover. Of course, the attack might break through first time, in which case, the scrum players will have to cover across to make side on tackles.
- Change the balance of the teams to create different defensive situations.
- Change the “tackle area”.