I've been fortunate enough to have Eddie Jones deliver some sessions. This is the game he started with and it is excellent for reinforcing key messages around core skills or principles of play. MORE
Divide the players into four teams. To start, have two of the teams stand along the same side of the playing area. Give a ball to the team you want to be the attackers.
On your signal, both teams run around a marker into the playing area. The attackers use running, evasion and passing skills to score.
If the player with the ball is tackled, they must pass the ball away within 3 seconds. If they don’t the defenders win. The defenders also win if a pass goes forward or to ground, or the ball carrier steps out of play.
Once the attackers have scored or the defenders have got the ball, let the next two teams start. Then mix up the teams.
Area: 10m x 10m.
Equipment: 1 ball, bibs (if available), tag belts (if used).
Players: 8 – 4 attackers and 4 defenders.
- 1 point for a try.
- 1 point for a successful defence.
What to Call Out
- “Look for space and move into it”
- “Beat the defender”
- “Pass and move”
- “Support the person with the ball”
- “Run forward, pass backwards”
- “Shout “TACKLE” when you catch someone”
Make sure all the players get to attack and defend. Start the players off from the left and the right, so they have to pass and make tackles both ways.
Attackers and defenders start along the same side.
Both teams run around a marker into the playing area.
The attackers must beat the defenders to score a try.