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DEFENSE

My team are new and are very slow on reforming the defensive line,any ideas on how to speed it up?

Michael

You could try this simple practise to help your players work together to move as one unit.

They need to communicate to ensure they stay the same distance apart as they move up and back.

I hope this helps you.

Simon

Flat Defence

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Players line up together along the line of the 1st set of cones.

On the signal of the coach all the players advance to the 3rd set of cones (20 meters away), making sure they all keep together in a straight line.

The players then retreat 10 meters to the 2nd set of cones, making sure they stay in line.

From the 2nd set of cones the players then advance a further 20 metres to the 4th set of cones and then retreat 10 meters back, to the previous set of cones.


Coaching Points:

Make sure all players stay in a straight line together.

A good drill to help bring players up together in a solid line while defending.

Vary the drill by making all players do press up at each set of cones.

Michael, a variation we use for the backs (but could use with forwards too) is to line them up in an attacking line. The coach makes calls in any order they feel like; - lost ball - quickly re-align as a defensive line on fly-half. - Left/right - Forwards/backwards - Kick over - re-align to support full back - Turnover - re-align into attacking line We speed this up as the drill progresses and encourage players to check alignment constantly on both sides, calling colleagues up/back as needed.

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