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How can I improve my team's line speed in defence?

How can I improve my team's line speed in defence?

Are there any drills which can help me?

Hi Michael,

Thanks for posting your first question on site. While you're waiting for answers from other coaches I thought I'd quickly let you know that we recently added a new plan on site. It's called Running lines and fixing defenders, and could help improve your team's line speed (and also their depth and width). This plan is viewable to full members.

I've included a sample drill from the plan below for you to watch. It's just one of the videos from our library of +650 rugby drills and games.

Hope this helps,
The Sportplan Team

Quick hand and quick positioning

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4 players work together in a 6x6m grid.

  1. Players attack each line of the square, from the inside.
  2. Once they get to the 4th man they move onto the next closest line to the ball carrier.

All the players in support must get into a good position to receive the ball deep and work onto the ball straight towards the line.

Players keep going until they finish the last line of the grid.


Coaching Points:
  • Players need to run straight with the ball, even if only for 2 steps, no drifitng
  • Attack the ball with the hands and body position
  • Quick feet to get into a good position to receive again

I presume this coach is referring to 'Line speed' in defence. Not his teams attacking line. I may be wrong though. 

yes it was meant to read how can i improve my teams line speed in defence

 

Hi Michael, thanks for clearing this up. We've now updated your question's title to help you get more relevant answers.

Do you wok off a "post and guard" type defence?

yes we use post and guard

fitness is the main ingredient, the fitter they are the faster they can move, and you must get them working together they cannot move as a splintered line. We like to use an upfield running drill where they only run as fast as the slowest man and arespread out across the field, 20 metres then stop do 10 pressups then another 20 metres stop do 10 sit ups and so on  and conditioning training to increasethe slower players fitness levels.

I do similar as Matt G, what age group are you?

under 11's

mine are under 8!

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