Rugby: Broken Defence

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DESCRIPTION

Tell your players the following.....

  1. The attacking group will wait at the top of the training area until the coach calls the number of defenders.
  2. On the call of 1, 2 or 3 - they should attack - aiming to score a try at the opposite end of the grid.
  3. The defenders will go in the numbers called. If the coach calls 1, then defender 1 goes - the rest do not. If the coach calls 2, then defenders 1 and 2 go, and if the coach calls 3 - then all 3 defenders go.
  4. Defenders who are called can move forward and back, left and right.
  5. That's it, lets go.
  • You will need to decide if this is a contact exercise or not.
  • Don't forget to change the defenders.

COACHING POINTS

  • Attackers keep their heads up, reacting to to what they hear and see.
  • Attackers seek to fix defenders, moving the ball away from them once fixed.
  • The attack works at speed, with receivers coming onto the ball at pace.
  • Defenders use changes in foot-speed and drift.
  • Defenders do not over commit to any one player, they seek to force the pass.
  • Defender work to isolate attackers, always aware of the possibility of intercepting passes, as well as tackling attackers.

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