Rugby: Attack Vs Defence Continuous Drill 4v2

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  • Set a cone 2 meters from the defensive line. This will mark where the ball will passed from (feed) preferably from a scrum half.
  • Set a cone 0.5 meters each side from the mid point of the passing cone to simulate the sides of the ruck.
  • Set a cone a cone 5 meters from the ruck on the defensive line. 
  • 4 players start as attackers
  • 3 defenders start on their stomaches on the other side of the defensive cone (ruck) and 1 player on the defensive cone 5 metres from the ruck
  • The player on the 5 meter cone (defence) starts the drill by shouting ‘FOLD’ (or whatever call your team may use).
  • Defenders on their stomachs get up and fold around the ruck to take up a defence position. Players fold wide first, and ensure that 2 players are close to the ruck (Guard and Body Guard).
  • The player on the defensive cone bounces out (takes space in the defence line), the first player who folds takes up a position on the 5 meter defence cone (or inside the first attacking player)
  • Once the defence line is set the scrum half can pass the ball.
  • The attackers work to beat the defence, setting up a 'tip' (running a hard line) and 'pull back' option. They should read the defensive movements and make a decision to hit the tip option or pull out the back


  • Work to isolated instances to execute 4v2 and 5v3 successfully
  • Develop the scanning, organisation and execution skills of the attacking players.
  • Defensively we are trying to develop scanning and organisation and imbed defence principles.
  • Encourage players to look up (scan), notice ques (angle of hips) in the defenders and then make a pass selection
  • 1st receiver - fixes and interests the 1st defender and the tip runner tries to hold his opposite player (2nd defender)
  • Staying square in attack and read what the defence is doing, this will inform their pass selection.
  • Support player - tip option needs to hold the 2nd defender by running an unders or overs line

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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