EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

VIDEO: Handling against the drift

Use these two exercises to develop and progress your players’ handling skills when they are facing a drift defence.

 

EXERCISE 1

  1. Put three defenders inside in a 25-30m box.
  2. Have four attackers run forward and pass the ball.
  3. Start with walking rugby, then increase the pace.
  4. In this exercise, the defenders simply mark the inside three players.
  5. The ball carrier concentrates on running straight and passing firmly.

EXERCISE 2

  1. In a 30m wide box, the defenders race forward through a gate of cones each. They then drift out to cover the attackers.
  2. At the same time, the attackers come forward, through another set of gates. These gates are offset from the defenders’ gates.
  3. The attackers use straight running to hold the defenders and aim to get the ball to the spare player at the edge.
  4. If a defender overruns, then the attacker should step inside them.
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