EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Up and down and realign

Use this session to work on attacking and defensive realignment. There will be plenty of noise and reorganisation as players run up and down, replicating quick ball, slow ball and turnover situations.

Realignment makes a big difference to whether you can exploit space or create quick ball from the next phase. Work on it with this session – players will love it!

SET UP

A 30m wide by 75m long channel with ruck pads up each side, about 15m apart. Cones on top of the pads tell players which colour each pad is. Put a ball at each pad.

  1. Put about 10 attackers opposite eight defenders inside the area.
  2. A coach stands behind each group.
  3. The “attack coach” calls which pad the attack runs to and the “defence coach” calls how many players will defend.
  4. The non-playing defenders run behind their defensive line or go down on one knee.

  1. The attack plays as soon as they want to from the nominated pad.
  2. The 9 runs to the pad and passes.
  3. The attack has one attempt to break the line.
  4. A grab tackle ends the play unless the ball carrier can offload immediately.

  1. The defence works out if they have enough numbers to drift or blitz.
  2. Once there’s a breakdown, call out another pad and repeat. Work for six goes.

TECHNIQUE

  • Defence: for five or fewer defenders, use drift defence.
  • Attack: have slow ball and quick ball plays – outside players call where space is.
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