EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Waves: a pressure passing activity

You should incorporate passing under pressure into every training session, even if just part of a warm-up. 

Using this 10-minute progression will improve your players’ passing.

ACTIVITY

In groups of four, start with two minutes of passing with no defenders. Make them run and pass at full pace. 

Groups dropping the ball go to the side and do a press up or sit up (something very small).

The initial ball carrier runs 5m at pace before passing and the first two players follow their passes to give options to the last player.

After two minutes add three defenders opposite the first three attackers. 

The tackle at this stage is a two-handed touch on the chest.

Defenders have to stay in their channels but can vary their pace. The attacking team has to draw the defender.

As they improve, allow defenders to drift.

After three minutes add two more defenders behind the defensive  line. This forces attackers to support the final ball carrier.

The front three defenders are out of the game when the wide man gets the ball in space and the back two defenders can’t move until he does. 

Make it full-on for the last three minutes by adding two attackers behind the attacking line who come on to the ball at pace.

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