Rugby: Quick Hands Primer

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DESCRIPTION

  • Set up: 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 4 and ask them to stand in single file behind each cone, 3 attacking groups, 1 defending group.
  • The ball is fed from a position on the try line (10 meters from the post). 
  • The players on the staggered cones opposite the posts will catch and pass the ball using the correct technique.
  • The player on the defending cone will move forward once the scrum half passes the ball to apply pressure on the middle attacking player.
  • The players on the middle cone will receive the ball with a live defender in front of them.
  • The 3rd receiving player needs to receive the ball at pace and run as close to the outside post as possible.

COACHING POINTS

  • The 1st receiver needs to fix and interest the 1st defender (inside post). 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 an in to out line of the 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 1st receiver needs to focus on finishing his pass, hands to target to ensure the ball gets to the 2nd player in front of them.
  • The 2nd attacking player needs to catch the ball early, running and in to out line to ensure that the ‘live’ defender is held and not able to drift onto the 3rd attacking player.
  • The 2nd attacking player needs to stay as square as possible to the defender.
  • The 2nd attacking player needs to slow their feet down (adjust their depth) depending on the speed of the defender coming off the line.
  • The 3rd attack player needs to receive the ball running at pace.

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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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