Skill Practice Description
• Each player is given a colour.
• The coach will call out a colour at any time during the game.
• The defender/s who have been given that colour need to leave the defence line, run round the nearest cone of that colour and rejoin the defence.
• The attack should identify where the spatial opportunity has appeared and take immediate advantage.
• The frequency of the call depends on how much the coach wants to work the players.
• The coach may call for all players, both defence and attack, to run around an allotted cone colour.
• Coach should have two rugby balls to ensure a fast game and a change of defence to attack at times.
Key Coaching Points
• Visual Acuity-Looking for space
• Spatial awareness
• Communication - highlighting spaces and mismatches
• Evasion skills and footwork
• Decision making
Relevance to the Game
• Spaces are created by the leaving defenders, which the attack has to identify, decide on the appropriate action and attack accordingly.
• By using the second ball, the coach can also develop counter attack
Academy coaches use conditioned games with strict rules around the tackle / touch activity to teach the skills required for contact and clearing defenders away. Questioning is used as the main style of coaching
Using games to coach is how most Premiership coaches improve skills and especially decision making. In this clip Jon Curry uses some clever rules to encourage supporting lines to help keep the ball alive