Rugby: 2 vs 1 Gauntlet

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Eifion, Rugby Coach

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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

COACHING POINTS

Drawing a defender - Run at the defender and make him make a decision. Dummy the pass to see if he follows or commits to the ball carrier, once he is committed to either the ball carrier or the support player either pass the ball to the support player or run and score.

Passing - high outside elbow, hands follow through towards the target

Fending - carry the ball under the outside arm (away from the defender) and use the other arm to push him away from you. Start with the arm bent and aim to push against his chest/shoulder with an open palm

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Bang & Bingo

Set up: the cones as shown with a cone 10 meters each side of the posts on the try line. This will mark where the ball will be passed from (feeder) preferably from a scrum half. Divide the group into 3 and ask them to stand in single file behind each cone. The ball is fed from a position alternately from either side of the post. This will encourage the players to scan, communicate and to be expectant of the ball. The players on the cones opposite the posts will either be the 1st receiver or the BANG option runner. The BANG runner is always running an out to in, or up to in line to fix the 2nd defender. The players on the middle cone will receive the ball in the BINGO (pull back) option outside the ‘outside’ post or just in behind the BANG player. The BINGO players should run and an arced run to receive the ball outside the outer post. The BINGO player should try to straighten up prior to receiving or on receiving the ball. Progression: Get 2 players or coaches to stand in front of the posts with 2 different coloured cones in their hands on their hips. The cones will represent the ‘hips’ of the 2nd defender. The aim is to encourage the 1st receiver to scan, look, and make a quick decision (choice of pass) depending on what the defender is doing. If the 1st receivers sees the ‘inside’ cone on the 2nd defender then they must assume the defenders hips are turned OUT and make a short pass to the BANG runner. If the 1st receivers sees the ‘outside’ cone on the 2nd defender then they must assume the defenders hips are turned IN and make a PULL BACK pass to the BINGO runner.

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