EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Some ways to maintain continuity

How did the team maintain possession after each tackle? They did effectively eight times.

Here are some of the ways you may have spotted.


Ball carrier attacking edges

In many of the eight moments, the ball carrier is going forward in the tackle.

How?

By getting to the edges of defenders rather than running straight at them.


Creating a target

Once in the tackle, the ball carrier fights to go forward. That means it is easier for the support players to help because they are running forward themselves.

Notice how the blue ball carrier is leaning forward, and the support player is able to run forward too.


Clearing out threats

Any defender who might be able to steal the ball is regarded as a threat.

Arriving attackers need to clear out or away those threats.

In most cases, this looks messy. It is.

Also, notice that both blue 3 and the player in the blue scrum-cap are starting to face up the pitch so they can drive the opposition players back more effectively.


Clean ball recycled

We can clearly see the ball. The tackled player has presented it well. The threats have been neutralised.

Notice who is making the next pass? It doesn’t have to be 9.


Continuity is therefore about:

Maintaining possession after the tackle.

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