EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Turnover: One, two – attack!

This session builds on the tactic of clearing the ball from the danger area with two passes. The final game adds in the key factor of not knowing exactly when the turnover is going to occur.

ACTIVITY

  1. Start three players 3m away from three cones. Place a ball beside a cone directly opposite one of them. This represents the point of a turnover.
  2. Shout “GO” and that player runs to the ball. The other two run forward until they are level with the ball then turn to face where they started.
  3. The player with the ball quickly passes to the nearest player who passes it on to the farthest player just as quickly. This last player runs back to his starting cone, with the other two players in support and the ball is passed back down the line.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Now add two defenders with ruck pads. They can start any distance behind the passing team, depending on the pressure you want to exert.
  2. They target the first two attacking players, aiming to make strong contact with their pads

GAME SITUATION

  1. Play four attackers v seven defenders.
  2. The attack sets off from the midway point, playing normal rugby rules. Attackers are only allowed to commit two players to the breakdown. Eventually, they either score or the ball gets turned over and the defending team scores.

TECHNIQUE

  • The first player to the turnover ball must clear it away from the contact area immediately.
  • The first receiver must pass it on again quickly.
  • The second receiver then weighs up options – run, pass or kick.
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