Four players per group inside a 10m x 30m Channel. Requires 10 cones and 1 ball.
Two players start outside of the grid with two players inside. One of the outside players passes the ball to one of the inside players before both of the outside players (defenders) run through the red gates.
The two inside players (attackers) have to try and cross the try line before the defenders can tackle them, if the attackers are too slow they will create a two 2 v 1 situation.
15m x 35m Grid.
1 Attacker starts on the half way line of the grid, with the other two outside of the grid back to back with two defenders. On the command the one attacker runs around the red cone, with the other one running around the blue cone - likewise for the defenders.
Once they have run around the cones a 3 vs 2 will develop. If the player with the ball passes immediately this will give a 3 vs 2 in the middle of the pitch.
Set up two 1m wide gates of cones (green and red) either side of a feeder, with a line of attackers opposite (5m away). Have a number of defenders (3) lined up behind the feeder.
The first player passes the ball to the feeder then moves forward and receives a short return pass from the feeder.
On receiving the return pass he uses footwork to go through one of the gates with a support player going through the other gate.
Once through the gate the ball carrier puts in a fend on the first defender and passes the ball to his support player.
They go on to attack the two other defenders and try execute 2 vs 1 scenarios to get to the end of the drill
The scrum half starts with the ball. They pass to the first red player who then passes to the second red player who then passes to red player three into the free space To start with red defenders must only defend against red 1 and 2.
Groups of ten work with one ball per group Defenders scattered around the grid, static and can only operate sideways If touched, the ball carrier must pass the ball immediately.
Groups of ten with one ball per group Defenders start bunched sat on the floor Start attackers spread out (width) On the word GO! the the defenders get up and and defend. The attackers try to score. The coach varies the start point of the ball. It touched, the ball carrier must pass the ball immediately.
Drill to practice decision making. Set up a grid 10m wide and 35m long with cones at the start (yellow), 5m (orange), 15m (blue), 30m (red) and 35m (green). Have 2 defenders with pads at 5m, one defender at 15m, one defender at 30m and one 'full back' defender behind the try line. 3 attackers start with the ball at the start line (yellow). The ball carrier attempts to break through the two padmen at 5m (orange) who can only move laterally. The ball carrier should try and offload once through the padmen. Once the attack beat the padmen D1 (blue) can cover across to defend, but he can only move laterally between the cones. The attack pass the ball to a support player to beat the defender. Once D1 is beaten D2 may cover across to defend, but can only move laterally between the red cones. The attack pass the ball to a support player to beat the defender. Once D2 is beaten D3 can come forward to defend and pressure the attack to try to stop the attack from scoring. D3 cannot leave his line until the attack have made a pass to beat D2. Defensive players sprint outside the grid to the try line once they have been beaten. The defender should commit to tackle one attacker. PROGRESSION: Start with defenders making a two-handed touch and then progress to D1, D2, and D3 making a full tackle D3 tries to stop the attack scoring a try by "holding up" the ball carrier
The aim of the drill is to develop players understanding of support lines Players work in groups of 4 in attack Set up 5 defenders with pads, in a 2-2-1 formation Attackers focus on beating the defence by drawing the opposition or breaking through the pad and offloading to supporting players
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