Rugby: Bang & Bingo

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  • 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.


  • It is imperative that the 1st receiver fix and interests the 1st defender (inside post) and the 2nd attacking player (BANG runner) tries to hold his opposite player (outside post) and the BINGO (out the back) runner is an option for the 1st receiver if the 2nd defender has been held by the BANG option.
  • The 1st receiver needs to focus on an early hand-catch (reach for the ball), and accurate transfer of the ball across his chest to the receiving player.
  • The 1st receiver needs to try and stay as square as possible with the inside post, he could run and in to out line of post (defender). By doing this he will engage the first defender and this he will not be able to drift onto the next player.
  • The Bang runner needs to run as close as possible to the outside post as possible, by doing this they will hold the 2nd defender. If they (BANG Runner) runs into the middle of the posts as a tip option the 2nd defender will drift off him and take the ‘man out the back’, our BINGO support/attacking threat.
  • The BANG and BINGO should both expect the ball and receive the ball early (off their chest), this will allow them to have more time on the ball to make their next decision (pass, carry or kick).
  • Encourage players to look up (scan), notice que's (angle of hips) in the defenders and then make a pass selection (BANG or BINGO).



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