EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Too hot to handle

Get players handling the ball with a strict time limit in a tight situations then create attacking overloads they have to exploit. They must carry the skills learned in one square to the next one.

SET UP

Two 15m squares side by side. In one square, play 7v7 or 6v6. Mark one end of each square with the same coloured cones – these will be try lines.

THE RULES

To start, teams keep possession but have just two seconds before they have to pass the ball. Failure to pass within the allotted time results in a turnover.

All passes must be two-handed across the chest. Tapped and one-handed passes result in a turnover. (picture 1)

After a short time, you call “Go!” and the team in possession run to the next square to start an attack. Three defenders run to the other end (picture 2).

Now it is a 6/7v3 in a small square and attackers must move the ball to score.

SCORING

  • Attack scores a point for every try. Defence scores a point for preventing a try. Make sure each team has at least three attacks then add up the scores to find a winner.

TELL THEM

“Look for support when you have the ball.”

“Accurate calls for the ball: Not “me” or “yes” but “left”, “right”or “behind.”

“Secure the ball before passing it on – no slapping.”

COACHING TIPS

Making accurate passes under pressure while constantly searching for support is a great skill to teach your players.

 

Fun rugby games for 12 to 15 year olds key

Too hot to handle - part 1

 

Too hot to handle - part 2

 

Too hot to handle - part 3

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