Encourage all the best attributes in a good defensive line with this game of slide and hammer. It will improve your teams’ line speed and cohesiveness. MORE
Use the aggressive 9
If your scrum half is a good tackler, it’s a waste to place him behind the defensive line. So let him step up – this activity raises the intensity from Develop the front-line 9 by adding a blindside and full-on tackling.
Often our 9 is one of our best players. So if he likes the physical side, bring him into the defensive line to
make more of his talents.
- Put four attackers and three defenders plus a 9 at the side of the box, and set up two different-coloured 3m squares 14m apart – each represents a ruck
- Call a colour.
- The run to that box of with the attack picking the ball and setting up in an attacking formation.
- The defence covers both
sides of the ruck.
- The attack can pass, pick and go, or pick and pass.
- They can’t go through the ruck or go wider than the other box of cones.
- The defence aims to tackle the carrier before he reaches the offside line (back foot of the ruck).
- They should drive him back if possible.
- The defensive 9 has to decide where best to enter the line and at what stage
- Once the tackle is over and a ruck has formed, or there’s an infringement or the attack has scored, call the players to run to the next ruck.
- The 9 must organise the front-line defence, pushing players out or telling them where he’s joining.
- Defenders should come forward and low off the line, not sideways.