Develop attacking skills in a narrow channel with multiple scenarios created by random interventions of support players and defenders. This exercise allows for plenty of invention, creativity and thoughtful defence. MORE
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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.
- Set up a 5-7m wide channel, about 15m long.
- 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.
- When the activity starts the first pad holder will run diagonally to a gate about 3m away.
- The ball carrier aims to beat the ruck-pad holder to this gate. They pass before they make contact.
- As soon as the pass is made, the next pad holder runs to the gate where the first pad holder was.
- This is repeated for the last pad holder.
- The attackers aim to get through a gate, hence the need for speed.
- Adjust the gate distances to suit your players, perhaps allowing the attackers more space to start with.
Remove the gates and the pads.
- 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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