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Small-sided games

Small area adaptive games

in Attack, Rugby drills, Small-sided games

Not much room, only one floodlight working or find yourself in the local gym hall? No worries, try out these adaptive games. By Dan Cottrell   Latch touch Challenge Score tries. Set up A 15m box (or whatever space you have). How to play > Even numbered teams of no more than 8 a side. >... MORE

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Intense defence

in Small-sided games, Tackling

Defending is more tiring than attacking. It is physically and mentally draining. Yet players need to keep their standards high and quality good in the tackle. This is a great game to knock out the cobwebs. MORE

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Gang up

in Small-sided games, Tackling

A one-on-one tackle should be regarded as a failure in a good defensive system. This game works on good communication between defenders to ensure that the ball carrier meets two tacklers when he tries to break the line. MORE

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Hot box feet

in Passing & Handling, Small-sided games

This is constantly moving warm up game, which can be replicated across lots of boxes. It works on passing anticipation, because no player is allowed to stand still or take a pass standing still. MORE

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Goal line stoppers

in Small-sided games, Tackling

A skill rarely practised is stopping a try on the goal line (or indeed scoring from there). Each player will have their own methods and this game gives them a chance to try those out. MORE

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Sidewinders

in Small-sided games, Tackling

A disorganised defence will need to make more side on tackles. This game creates more opportunities for side on tackles, though it does not mean that all the tackles will have to be side on. MORE

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Rule of 2s

in Passing & Handling, Small-sided games

This offload touch game is a good way to get your players into the mindset of always looking for the offload in contact. It’s a fast paced game to get your players breathing hard before the main session, or to finish off training with some fun. MORE

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Gather and go

in Passing & Handling, Small-sided games

The ball is on the ground plenty of times in a match, but rarely is the pick up practised under extreme pressure. To be successful at this game players will need to change their body shapes, so as to gather the ball from the ground more effectively. MORE



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