Make sure your players enter the breakdown legally – by getting tough through the tackle gate. This will also mean they’ll arrive square and in a better position to drive over the ball and win it. MORE
VIDEO: Pass under pressure
Passing is the most important skill in rugby but often breaks down under pressure. Work on passing in training with a greater intensity than in a match.
HOW TO DO IT
- The first receiver stands 4m from the ruck pad holder. A feeder stands to the side with a ball 2m away.
- The first receiver accelerates directly at the ruck pad holder who also advances at pace. The ball is fed to the receiver about 1m from the ruck pad holder and, just before contact, he passes the ball to his support player.
- Repeat from both ends of the box making sure every player acts as first receiver, support runner and ruck-pad holder at least three times.
- Develop this by varying the length of pass the receiver has to make – short or long.
Works best if you, or one of your co-coaches, acts as the feeder to put the right amount of pressure on your players – and differentiates between the abilities of each player.
WHAT TO CALL OUT
- Reach to take the ball.
- Second player hold your depth.
- Go for it – see what works, and what doesn’t.
DEVELOP THE PRACTICE
- Develop by adding another ruck-pad holder and another attacker to make it a 3v2.
- Now the first and second receivers are under this intense pressure from the pad holders and have to move the ball to the third attacker.
- Finally, develop into a 4 v 2 in 15m wide, 7m long box. Each group starts at one end of the box.
- Have a feeder either side of the box about 2m back. Have either feeder pass to the first player. Using grab tackling only, the attackers aim to score at the far end.