EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Twist and clout

This session works on balance and reaction. Players enjoy the challenge of moving backward before racing forward with the ball or to tackle. There are lots of chances to use good communication and teamwork.

ACTIVITY

  1. Three players run backwards in and out of the cones, before coming forward to receive a pass and attack two defenders
  2. Two defenders with ruck pads come forward when the ball is passed

DEVELOPMENT

  1. This time, it’s the defenders who are running backwards before coming forwards
  2. The attackers come forward to receive a pass on your command

GAME SITUATION

  1. Each group of players runs backwards until you nominate a team to attack

 

CHALLENGE

Realign in attack and defence to threaten the opposition.

SET UP

Balls, cones.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Put three attackers with their backs to lines of cones.
  • Ask them to jog backwards in and out of the cones.
  • Shout “GO” and the attackers come forward to beat a pair of defenders with ruck pads after being fed a pass.
  • Develop by changing the distances between attack and defence and making the lines wider and more offset (touch or full contact).

DEVELOPMENT

  • Put three defenders with their backs to the cones.
  • Repeat the same exercise as above but with four attackers coming forward.

GAME SITUATION

  • Put two sets of four players on the middle line. Have them walk or jog backwards. Shout out who is going to attack as they move backwards .
  • You can reward the team which is moving backwards quickest by letting them attack.
  • The ball is fed to the attackers and play touch or full contact. Allow rucks and mauls until a try is scored or there is an infringement.
  • Develop by getting a defender to drop out.

TECHNIQUE

  • Look up and ahead, seeing what the attack/defence is doing and communicating with your team mates.
  • Attack and defend with pace coming forward but don’t disconnect with team mates.
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