EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

VIDEO: Handling in a confined space

Improve the ball carrier’s footwork to attack a gap at pace, drawing a defender and passing to a support player. Also, develop the roles of the support players to put pace onto the pass and change angles quickly.

 

  1. Set up a 5-7m wide channel, about 15m long.
  2. Put three ruck-pad holders in the channel, each one at a gate. Put four attackers at a gate at the start of the channel.
  3. When the activity starts the first pad holder will run diagonally to a gate about 3m away.
  4. The ball carrier aims to beat the ruck-pad holder to this gate. They pass before they make contact.
  5. As soon as the pass is made, the next pad holder runs to the gate where the first pad holder was.
  6. This is repeated for the last pad holder.
  7. The attackers aim to get through a gate, hence the need for speed.
  8. Adjust the gate distances to suit your players, perhaps allowing the attackers more space to start with.

DEVELOPMENTS

Remove the gates and the pads.

TECHNIQUE

  • Attack the gaps at pace.
  • Pass into space, so the support player can run onto the ball.
  • Support players: read the movement of the ball carrier by watching their shoulder movements.

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