Conor O Shea discusses the value of comparing games with drills in coaching
I mean it well, that's my belief and our belief here is the games of the best fertility facilitator at this level. I'm not saying I will go and coaching under-17 and say here you go play a game. Although you'd want them to have fun because they need to be taught certain principles of the game. So I would be more drill orientated then then I would be at a higher level which might seem strange but I still play a lot of games because you want people to have fun can players learn from their mistakes first. I want them to make mistakes because if they're not making mistakes, they're not trying things and then learn from the mistakes is understanding if I did make a mistake. It's a repetitive mistake that's an issue. And if a person is making the same error, maybe that's when you go back and you say okay. Well do we have a drill that we can actually break this down to make him better. So he won't make that or it could be that you're trying to force the play too much. So next time learn from that mistake don't force us but it comes back to playing games if you're all the Playing games don't have to be contact far from of it can't be but if you're all the time playing games, you're making those Dynamic decisions all the time, the more you do the more comfortably commoners.
Adding variety into your sessions keeps players interested as they learn new skills or try to improve key techniques but in a different way. Patrick O'Grady from London Irish explain why he uses different sized balls
Chris Kibble of Esher RFC & Whitgift school says to start your sessions with a game. In this clip Chris runs a game called "Drop touch" where the players run back to a line when they make a touch. This is good for fitness and creating wholes to attack
Jake Sharp from Oaklands college delivers a fun game that requires a range of skills from the players. The coach uses lots of questioning to cement the learning and talk about why games are such an important coaching tool
In this game, two defenders must link up, slowing them down and creating more opportunities for the attacking side. This can create the overlap necessary to put 2 v 1 and 3 v 2 techniques into practice.