Thamesians pre-season Support/Running Lines Part2

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Defenders in Red run to the first set of coloured cones specified by the coach (ie: white cones) then defend the first wave of attack. when attack is complete defenders realign on the same colour cones in the second set via the black cone in their half of the grid. Repeat until all three sets have been completed.

Attack players in Blue initially line up on the yellow cones, once the space has been identified they must decide on who best to run dummy lines to manipulate the defence and create the overlap. once the defence has been breached (ie: overlap has been successfully utilised) the attack realigns into the same attack formation via the black cone in their half of the grid. Repeat through to the end og the grid.


:Encourage comms between players to help identify the space

:Ensure all players are aware of each role within the attack formation

:Attack formation doesn't always have to be set up one off the ruck

:Make sure dummy runners are running to hold defenders

:Once defence has been breached ensure all players run to support ball carrier



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The realignment and depth hands drill is a quick drill to focus the players in sharpening their alignment and depth before a session. You can spend as long or as short on this drill as you need. The aim of the drill is to develop the speed at which players realign themselves, to support their early hand-catch, quick and accurate transfer of the ball to a support player. Set a 5 cones 1.5 meter apart in straight line. This will mark where the players will start the drill from Set 4 cones at a diagonal in line with the starting cones from one edge. This will be the cones that the defending players need to retreat to before coming up to pressure the attacking players. The first attacking player needs to step back 1 meter and will receive the ball from the first defending player who has also stepped back 1 meter to his designated cone Divide the group into 4 attacking player and 5 defending players, there should be a free attacking player The ball starts with the defending player On the coaches call, all defending players need to work back to their designated cone and then come forward in a straight line to their opposite attacking player The attacking players set their own depth to ensure they have time to catch and pass effectively On the coaches call, the first defending player will move back to their cone, once they get to the cone they pass the ball to the first attacking player, and then the first defending player tries to put pressure on the first attacking player The attacking players try to get the ball to the 5th player without being ‘touched’ by a defending player

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