Using an inverted backline shape, your runners from a ruck can give the 9 more options to pick up the best-placed player to break the defensive line. An inverted three is a group of three players that line up so the furthest player is in front. All but the first player in the line can take the ball with a player in support to drive them out and away from the previous breakdown. It’s easy for the outside players to adjust their timing to support the first player if he’s the receiver. 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.