Use these three drills to build an attacking pattern to counter-attack from a kick to a winger. Note the running lines and how and when the ball is moved to create space. Finally, put this into game-related situations. MORE
VIDEO: The red zone attack game for passing decision-making
Use this continuous one minute game to put passing and decision-making under pressure.
- 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.
- Behind the 22m, the attacking team is safe. They cannot be touched.
- 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.
- If the ball goes into touch or is knocked on, then they restart on the 22m line.
- 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.
- If they score, the ball is returned to the 22m line to restart.
- Attack the space, but if the defence close in, pass away.
- Supporting players, hold your depth and your width.
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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