Take out tacklers to improve defensive units

in Defence, Small-sided games

If you have good tacklers but a poor defensive unit, use this game where small groups of defenders have to work hard to prevent tries as a team, says Craig Newby, Ulster skills coach. Using shorter, sharper sessions means players can concentrate on getting things right and also play at match-like intensity. This type of session is also far more enjoyable and means players give their all. MORE

Five tactics for playing in the rain

in Tactics

Wet weather changes the shape of the game. Here are five tactics to put into your rainy-day game plan. 1. TURNOVER AND KICK The high ball is an obvious weapon in wet weather. If the opposition fail to catch the high ball or knock it on, and your team gather it, it makes sense to... MORE

Slow ball plays

in Attack

When you can’t clear the ball from a ruck quickly, you need to have some easy set-ups so you can restart your attack. Translate these plays effectively from drawing board to training to matches. MORE

Effective multi-phase rugby

in Attack, Rugby drills

Good shape in rugby means your players are into position quickly to attack from the next phase. The shape refers to threatening alignments, with all ball-carrying options well supported. MORE

Get deep! Get deep!

in Attack

“Get deep!” is a common call to get the backline to be in a position to run onto the ball. One way is to ask the players whether they can see the number on the back of the inside player. How can you create better scenarios though? You can create scenarios where the players must run into position and then react. That’s because the game is dynamic – rucks and/or mauls happen at different speeds.  MORE

Space race

in Attack, Small-sided games

Players must win the race to the best space when attacking. In defence, players must work early, scan early and look to close space to force errors. Attackers seek space, defenders take it away. This is also true over the ball. Run this game over a series of sessions to gain the most benefit as the players develop their understanding of the tactical implications. MORE

Help 10 learn to control

in Attack

How do you put your 10 in the right situations in training to allow them to feed their team mates at the right times with the right sorts of passes and plays? The player who wears 10 is called variously, stand-off, fly-half, pivot, first five-eighth, as well as few less complimentary terms when they drop the ball or kick poorly. MORE

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