We take a traditional 2 v 1 exercise and add in two elements, a random starting position for the defender and forcing the ball carrier to change their line twice. MORE
Create momentum for a backs attack, with Paul Turner
Use this easy to replicate play for under 15 level players and above with forwards and backs combining, to allow momentum for better attacking plays.
- Three forwards come forward from slow ball to create “go-forward” momentum.
- An arrowhead formation, with the front player looking to “tip on” the pass.
- If momentum is created, the pass the ball out to the backs.
- “Slice/block”: 13 runs up and in, 12 runs in then out, the winger (W) tracks behind. Three options for 10.
- The forwards offer options: Come round the corner or attack towards the ruck.
- Attack the edges of the defender.
- Fall and present in the direction of the attack – so angle the body out, not straight back.
- Quick clear over the ball and pop or place for the next player to move the ball away.
KEY COACHING POINTS
- Hit edges of tackler.
- Long present – this will dictate the ruck position/offside line.
- 360 degree roll after an ineffective tackle. > Aeroplanes taking off, not aeroplanes landing (avoiding penalty for going off feet).
- Create quick ball off 9 – use an arrowhead of forwards, tip on (pass just before contact) and attack their third and fourth ruck defenders.
- Go to the backs when momentum is good, or forwards “round the corner” with ball in front.
- If the defence is disjointed then move ball straight to 10 to run a “slice/block” (see picture 2), or go straight through the hands if an overlap.
Paul Turner, a former Wales international 10, has coached in the Premiership with Harlequins, Sale and Wales, plus in the Pro14 with the Dragons.