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
Think forwards after the lineout
Challenge your forwards to run into carry-and-support positions after a lineout. As part of your unit skills session, this activity will help them understand their roles and responsibilities.
Your forwards need to have the knowledge to recognise when to support in contact and when to realign for the next phase.
- Throw the ball to an area of the lineout where you would normally complete a back peel (attack round the back of the lineout).
- Have a player secure the ball and pop the ball to another player (player A) to run down the first narrow channel.
- Player A takes contact with the ruck pad and player B rips the ball away and pops it to player C who runs down the next narrow channel.
- Player C goes into the ruck pad in channel 2 and player H rips the ball and pops onto player E .
- Player E and all of the remaining forwards must handle the ball before the activity ends.
- Progress by taking the ruck-pad away in one of the channels, so it becomes a 2 v 1.
- Then add in three defenders in the final channel and play full-on rugby.
- Good calling for the ball.
- Make contact on the ball carrier’s terms.
- Player ripping the ball out make contact with shoulders first and keep drive moving before ripping the ball and popping it out.