Rugby: Passing Grid-Under pressure

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DESCRIPTION

  • Groups of 12+ 
  • Balls 
  • Cones

4 defenders lineup in a passing grid, that has laid out 2 red cones and 2 blue cones as shown in diagram. 

4 attackers line up opposite passing the ball up and down there line of 4.

When the coach shouts blue or red, the attackers set off, and the defenders on the coloured cone the coach shouts out. 

The Attckers must react fix the defenders, identify the space and score. 

COACHING POINTS

  • Identofy space 
  • Communciation 
  • Fix defenders 
  • Foot work. 
  • Speed of transfer 
  • Hold Depth. 

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