EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Converting opportunities in the Red Zone

Build pressure on opponents by going forward and retaining possession in the “red zone”, that’s near to the opponent’s try line. Use this activity to create that scenario.

 

  1. A group of 6-8 players move around in any direction in a 20m box, passing between each other.
  2. When you shout “RED ZONE”, the ball carrier runs into the 22m area. He then moves forward about 2m before either going to ground or turning for support.
  3. The first supporter reacts by driving over or driving in and the ball is presented to a second supporter. It is then passed out, either one or two passes. The ball is again carried forward 2m.
  4. Ideally this happens seven to eight times before the ball is passed to a player who scores. Shout “tackle ” every time the 2m is gained.
  5. Develop by adding two defenders. When they touch the ball carrier, the ball carrier goes to ground.

COACHING TIP

Encourage players to work in threes, so the ball is cleared quickly from each tackle situation.

WHAT TO CALL OUT

  • Communicate where the gaps are.
  • Always go forward.
  • Make flat passes close to the line.
  • Make shorter passes closer to the line.
  • Keep your depth in attack (runners coming from deep are harder to stop).

DEVELOP THE PRACTICE

Play a game of touch rugby where one team keeps hold of the ball until it is knocked forward or a forward pass is used. When touched, the ball carrier goes to ground immediately and the ball is passed away from the ground.

Alternatively the player can remain on their feet and the next player rips the ball and passes.

Develop with holding tackles, and then full contact. The defence is not allowed to compete for the ball when it’s on the ground.

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