Rugby: Speed passing, scoring wide and realigning

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  • Any number of players can be used. Make the distance between each pass shorter for lower ability groups. 
  • Excellent develop ability to move ball wide at speed. 
  • Developed ability to pass a full speed, in different positions and under pressure. 
  • The runner provides super competition and feedback to players. 
  • Past ball down the line quickly then realigning using full width. End man fall down on the 1st cone and then goes round the 2nd came to become the defender. 
  • 30 m in width and 5 players. Realign early using whole width and path while at full speed. 
  • The aim is to get the ball to winger in Cone zone before defender gets there.

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Defense vs attack drill

The aim is to the defensive situation to keep changing the defence gets used to drifting or pressing.  The aim of the attack is to realign using the full width, get the ball out of the breakdown quickly (no matter what position you play), seeing space, communicating options and reading the defence.  Can be done with any number of players but best suited to around 7.  You will need 7 cones, 1 ball, a 40 m area, attack of line and try line.  Players passed the ball quickly down the line. When the ball gets halfway, the coach shouts out a number.  Number reflects the number of defenders.   The end player puts down the ball by pad, then the 2 defenders get onside (beyond defensive line) and defend against the other attackers.  The defenders need to work together. Stay tight and use the sideline extra defender. Drifting from the inside and pushing up and out.  Attack looks to use, player pace and beat the drift. Important defence talks and understand what they are doing in the changing circumstances.  With 4 attackers and 3 defenders, defenders might look for a blitz defence or up then drift.  Scrum-half can break so defence must defend at guard.  Attack should be looking up and reading the situation. If we have an overlap then as a unit we must understand how to fix defenders.  You must start to add a kicking option to advance the drill.   8 players, you can have a forward runner offering a shadow line of 10. He is involved in the passing down the line but is on a separate cone in the front of the 7. This fits in with the patterns and philosophy of attack.  You might get the forward to press ups or other exercise to replicate fatigue.



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