Use this blocked attack game (one team attacks for a period of time) to challenge players to apply the principles of play under pressure. The attacking team get extra “lives” for good support when they score tries. MORE
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
“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.”
Making accurate passes under pressure while constantly searching for support is a great skill to teach your players.