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.
Three players run backwards in and out of the cones, before coming forward to receive a pass and attack two defenders
Two defenders with ruck pads come forward when the ball is passed
This time, it’s the defenders who are running backwards before coming forwards
The attackers come forward to receive a pass on your command
Each group of players runs backwards until you nominate a team to attack
Realign in attack and defence to threaten the opposition.
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).
Put three defenders with their backs to the cones.
Repeat the same exercise as above but with four attackers coming forward.
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.
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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