Rugby: Realignment & Depth - 5 v 4

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DESCRIPTION

The realignment and depth hands drill is a quick drill to focus the players in sharpening their alignment and depth before a session. You can spend as long or as short on this drill as you need. The aim of the drill is to develop the speed at which players realign themselves, to support their early hand-catch, quick and accurate transfer of the ball to a support player.

  • Set a 5 cones 1.5 meter apart in straight line. This will mark where the players will start the drill from
  • Set 4 cones at a diagonal in line with the starting cones from one edge. This will be the cones that the defending players need to retreat to before coming up to pressure the attacking players.
  • The first attacking player needs to step back 1 meter and will receive the ball from the first defending player who has also stepped back 1 meter to his designated cone
  • Divide the group into 4 attacking player and 5 defending players, there should be a free attacking player
  • The ball starts with the defending player
  • On the coaches call, all defending players need to work back to their designated cone and then come forward in a straight line to their opposite attacking player
  • The attacking players set their own depth to ensure they have time to catch and pass effectively
  • On the coaches call, the first defending player will move back to their cone, once they get to the cone they pass the ball to the first attacking player, and then the first defending player tries to put pressure on the first attacking player
  • The attacking players try to get the ball to the 5th player without being ‘touched’ by a defending player

COACHING POINTS

  • The 1st receiver needs to run straight whilst catching the ball accurately (early hand-catch - reach for the ball), and transferring of the ball across his chest to the receiving player
  • All players need to focus on catching the ball early, transferring the ball quickly without eating up too much space for the player outside of them
  • All players need too focus on finishing their pass
  • All players should try to keep hips as square as possible whilst passing the ball
  • The final player receiving the ball should be running at pace

 

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Bang & Bingo | Warm Up

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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