Rugby Drill Demonstration


Illustration of an ideal execution of the slide defence. Numbered arrows indicate the player (on that run) calling “Shift” or “Push”, with the number indicating the order in which the calls should occur. 

Coaching points

The goal is to push the opposition towards the touchline, or force them to try cut back into traffic. Best used against sides that like to distribute and try to create overlaps.

Pros: Simple, easy to organise, hard to break down. Offers turnover opportunities due to better numbers at following breakdown. Touchline forms extra defender.

Cons: Poor matchups in pace may cause outside defenders to step in to cover. Lack of communication/organisation will cause gaps from players shifting too early or switching off after the ball has moved on (No inside cover on running lines cutting back towards breakdown)

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