EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

VIDEO: The red zone attack game for passing decision-making

Use this continuous one minute game to put passing and decision-making under pressure.

 

  1. Set up a 6 v 4, with the attackers starting on the 22m line, and the defenders standing about 10m inside the 22m area. The width is to the inside rugby post.
  2. Behind the 22m, the attacking team is safe. They cannot be touched.
  3. Once the attack enters the 22m area, then every time they are touched (two-handed touch), the ball carrier has to pass the ball away, and it counts as a tackle. The ball is returned to the 22m line.
  4. If the ball goes into touch or is knocked on, then they restart on the 22m line.
  5. A try is scored on the 5m line. The aim of the attacking team is to score as many tries as they can in, within one minute.
  6. If they score, the ball is returned to the 22m line to restart.

TECHNIQUE

  • Attack the space, but if the defence close in, pass away.
  • Supporting players, hold your depth and your width.

GAME NOTES

What’s a good target for your players? In this video, with academy players, four to six is a good number. With less experienced players, probably two to three.

How could you modify the game? Perhaps one less defender, or drop a defender if the team make a mistake, but add a defender if they score a try. Therefore start with two defenders and then build (or drop defenders).

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