Rugby: Hit The Colours

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Tyrone, Rugby Coach

DESCRIPTION

  • Players start at the top of the triangle.
  • Coach calls colours, 2/3 at a time.
  • Player moves to the called cone, and returns to the start each time.
  • Player should remain facing forward at all times, back tracking when they need to.
  • Coach calls GO and players sprint 10 meters.

COACHING POINTS

Focus on the coaching points that apply to your session goals, don't be afraid to have you own coaching points for this part of the warm-up.

  • Small steps within the triangle.
  • Players work on the balls of their feet.
  • Fast feet, the tempo of the exercise is high.
  • Controlled in rhythm arm action, driving with the arms - not pumping.
  • Head is up, accessing everything that is happening.
  • Explosive drive with legs on GO call, focusing on the drive forward with the upper body.

PROGRESSION

Have an assistant coach stand at the top of the training area with coloured cones. Players are asked which colour is showing - heads up.

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Flip It

Be brief when telling the players the laws of this game, it's important to get them moving quickly. This is not a contact game. Break your players into two teams, giving each team their own colour of bibs if necessary. One team goes to attack, and one to defence. Nominate a Scrum Half for each team. There is no kicking in this game. Normal laws of rugby apply e.g. a forward pass will result in the ball being turned over to the opposition. If an attacking player is touched: they must go to ground, present the ball, two of their teammates ruck over (staying over the ball), and the Scrum Half moves the ball for the next phase of attack. When you start playing this game make sure that the defence is employing your defensive pattern around the ruck. As the game develops consider telling the defenders that they must have one or more players at the back of the ruck, if they are not fast enough to do this - push them back 10 meters. It’s important that defenders are employing their defensive pattern behind the primary defensive line. Have attacking players do what they normally would at the ruck. Depending on your goals decide on the number of touches you wish to allow e.g. unlimited is not a bad option as mistakes will be made! When you feel the time is appropriate, usually during a ruck, blow you whistle and should FLIP IT – kicking in or throwing in a second ball to the back 3/2 defenders on the team currently in defence OR just kick it behind the defenders. The defensive team goes, without hesitation, into attack. The team that was attacking goes into defence and you or an assistant coach remove the other ball from play when you can. Ideally you might have two balls with different markings. Don't hesitate to shape the game to focus on your session goals, and let us and other coaches know what worked for you!

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