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A decision making game that requires the ball carrier to commit defenders coming from different angles and show good core skills. It also calls on support players to make good use of any available space.

What you need for this game

  • 7+ Players
  • 1 Ball
  • 10 Cones


Use the cones to mark out an area measuring 15m x 40m. At one end, use more cones to mark out four gates, through which the attacking players can enter the playing area. The end opposite the gates will be the try line, as shown 1.


Play two-handed touch rugby.

Each game ends when either a try is scored, the defenders take possession of the ball or the player in possession is tackled by a defender.

What you do as coach

1.Position three attackers behind the gates. Place two defenders at about 5m, a single defender at about 20m and another at about 30m.

On your whistle, the three attackers can enter the playing area through any gate selected by the ball carrier. Their aim is to score at the try line.

2. Once the three attackers are through the gate, they are immediately confronted by the first two defenders who try and prevent their progress. In this game, the defenders can only move from side to side across the area.

3. After negotiating the first pair of defenders, the attackers have to get past the other defenders further along the playing area. Again, the defenders can only move from side to side as they attempt to halt the attackers’ progress.

Give the attackers at least three plays so that each player has the opportunity to start with the ball.

How you can progress the game

Make life more difficult for the attackers by adding another defender on the try line who can move forwards.

Adjust the positioning of the defenders and allow them to move forwards when the attackers beat the players in front of them.


  • Three attackers enter through chosen gate.
  • Two defenders confront them.
  • Motivate: Encourage your attackers to commit the defenders and create space for their team mates to run into.


  • Defenders can only move from side to side to prevent the attackers’ progress.
  • Talk: As movement is a problem for the defenders, let them know that if they work together they can put the attackers under pressure.


  • Attackers advance down the playing area, negotiating the other two defenders.
  • Observe: Do your attacking players’ passing and carrying skills stand up to the pressure? Note who might need more work in these areas.


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