Great tries are often the result of great support play. Coaches are now using more games in their training with set constraints put in to dictate what the coach wants to work on
It's what we call support touch. So as soon as it two-handed touch on the player, he goes down blind through the legs in the air and there's got to be a supporting player tucked in behind him reacting to the ball carrier. And that's the key thing. So there's always that constant play of someone having to look after the ball carrier each time from there. We can move the ball. Good brother good touch. Oh well reacted. Well reacted. Greyhounds Greyhounds use them excellent the boys buy into it pretty well. They they understand that they'd rather be running around with the ball in the hands. Then then actually just running around the boys train better if they're enjoying it right chasing bad. Let me explain the game of touch. We're going to play. Paul kariya if he's touched with two hands He's got three Paces to pass the ball. You can't pass the ball in three pieces. He's going to throw it back over his head just like that. If it hits the floor you lose possession. So what do you think that gives us if the ball is thrown over the head? So a support player has to be there. That's right run it all somebody running a good lad. I'll support him. Fuck over the head good stop there if he'd made that break down, which is great. You run out of whole what he needed was a man on his shoulder to pass the ball to So what the key reason Australians do so well support the ball carrier. They flood the area when the balls are they move it? Run at the whole run it all good lad that's it through the shoulder support him good lad and again support him good and again and again, look outside. Look outside. Good good luck good food good faith good support and again, pass it and again support good looking outside looking inside. Nice good lad back over here. And I move it to me this back defense. Okay who can see more of the pitch him or him in a game if he can see something. Do you think he should get the ball straight away or do you think this man should then decide what he wants to do? The man outside seen something he's calling for the ball. And if you give it to him straight away, then you have to trust his judgment. Because he's seen something might be a mismatch might be a big overlap. I don't know just give him more.
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
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.
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