ASK DAN: Activities to make us more clinical in...

in Ask Dan, Attack

A question from a coach who works in senior rugby. On Sunday we were in control of the match (15 to 3) at the end of the first half. Unfortunately we lost 15-21. The main point according to what we have seen, was the lack of patience and skill in maintaining possession and instead a... MORE

The interceptor

in Attack, Attack, Rugby drills

They can lift or break a team’s spirit – such is the power of an interception try. This exercise develops defensive and attacking decision making as outside backs look to intercept the ball as it’s passed wide. MORE

Attacking in the wet

in Attack, Core skills, Tactics

Practise attacking plays for wet weather so that your players are prepared for rainy match days. Use these two simple plans to attack space and pressurise the opposition in the middle to last third of the pitch. MORE

The ultimate pick and go

in Attack, Tactics

Use this pick and go from a lineout play into the midfield to create a soft seam to run your forwards at. By driving opponents at the ruck in and back against the grain, it opens up the field to allow your forwards to continually pick and go at the backs. MORE

Inside pass support lines

in Attack, Attack, Rugby drills, Tactics

The inside pass is an effective weapon against a sliding defence. The receiver hits a flat pass and a gap in the defensive line to break through. This activity finishes the break with a try. Initially work on an inside pass against a sliding defence, with three attackers and two defenders. The player taking the... MORE

Two lines of attack

in Attack, Rugby drills, Tactics

Using this simple movement of your blindside winger and full back, you either attack at the tackle line or behind it, depending on the movement of their defence. So, create a simple attack with two lines of runners. Either attack on the “tackle line” with the 12 passing in or out to the players coming from behind. Against a quick defence, 10 passes deep to the second line. MORE

Clever reload move from a lineout to attack the...

in Attack, Tactics

Bring your quick winger into the game by hiding him at the back of a ruck and then unleashing him down the blindside. Run a play into the midfield from a scrum or lineout. Put your winger behind the ruck and then, as you go back blind, pass to him behind the forwards. The opposition winger will be marking too many options. MORE

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