3 vs 2 in a grid.
Defenders must stay in position to start.
Once skills progress defenders can move to try and stop attackers either by intercepting the ball or touch tackling the ball carrier.
Run at inside shoulder of the defender.
Take space if offered as well as try a dummy.
Pass flat (for, not at, the receiver.
Support after the pass.
Keep your depth.
Communication is vital.
Draw defender before passing.
8 players are lined up just outside the 22 metre line, with 3 defenders starting under the posts with the ball.
One of the defenders kicks the ball towards the 22 metre line. Once they the attackers have caught the ball they have to try and score a try without being tagged/ tackled by the defence.
Allow the attacking team 5 minutes to score as many tries as they can, before changing attack and defence around.
When a player with the ball is touched, tackler stays in passive contact. Ball carrier slides to the ground and presents the ball, with the nearest supporting player comes in and acts as a scrum half.
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.
Set up a channel with two sets of defenders working in pairs inside.
Three attacking players start with the ball and run around the far cone, realigning as they run around the cone. Players then play out the 3v2.
After this first 3v2 the attackers must move the ball quickly and play out the second 3v2.
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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