I coach boys ages 14-18, they have the skills and ability...but so often they play like scared kittens. How can I build fire and desire in my players? MORE
Winning the support race
Win the race to get over the ball and then there is a chance to prevent or win turnover the ball. This session looks at attack and defence options in support.
- Put a static ball carrier in the middle of box just in front of a ruck pad, with a defender crouched by their side. About 2m to their side put an attacker and defender.
- Shout out a cone colour and both players run back towards that cone and then forward. In the meantime the attacker drops their knees and the defender tackles them.
- The attacker can attempt to offload to their support player or just place the ball. The two support players (attack and defence) act out a 1 v 1, either with full tackling or just touch rugby.
- Change the distances so it can be a ruck contest.
- Have the ball carrier walk towards the ruck pad, using the pad as a landing area when they are tackled.
- Finally, have the ball carrier run at the defender, try to beat them as the other support players run around their cones.
- Play a game of 2 v 2, with another player on each team on the side of the pitch. When you shout “go”, they can enter the game.
- Play full contact. Swap the side players after every try or infringement.
- Look for the spaces beyond the tackle for offloads.
- If there is no pass, get through the “tackle gate”, get over the ball.
- Keep low, pump your legs, be ready to clear out.