Improve your players’ footwork before contact and how they protect the ball, so they retain possession. An excellent breakout exercise during a normal session. The attacker should dominate any contact whether to offload or wait for support. 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.