As a progression from your lineout variation practice, it is important to test your pack's ability to make decisions under pressure.
Here, they must react to the positioning of two defending jumpers and put the ball to the space.
Players walk into the lineout and lift as soon as they are in line.
If there are no defending jumpers, the best option is to go straight up in the middle.
This requires practice to ensure timing and communication between, the hooker, jumper and lifters is right.
Skill Practice Description
• Each player is given a number.
• From any tackle point or breakdown, as the attacking team is about to start another attack, the coach calls out a number and the defending player with that allocated number retires three paces before moving forward as the others step up.
• This leaves a miss alignment in the defence line.
• The fly half is required to notice the opportunity and attack the miss alignment and deliver the ball accordingly.
• A progression is for the numbered player to step forward early, creating the opposite miss alignment.
• If the forward player is the wing, then the fly half may chose to use a kick to get behind the defence.
• The opportunity may appear on the short side and the fly half needs to be aware and communicate to the scrum half.
• Now develop the decision making further by even numbers step up and odd numbers retire.
Key Coaching Points
• Scanning skills.
• Attacking an opportunity offered by the defence alignment.
• Decision making skills. • Appropriate passing (short, long, flat, deep etc.
• Appropriate kicking (grubber through, chip over, cross kick etc.)
• Look-Think -Do Process
Turnovers at the breakdown is back in the spotlight and the recent Australian performances have highlighted how important they are. Neal Hatley from Bath explains how the role of the 2nd man is key and how to practise the technique
This backs move combines a decoy 'slice' pass with the DSM (dummy-switch, miss pass) to confuse the defence.
The first decoy runner and dummy-switch should commit the inside players, keeping the defensive line narrow. The space out wide is then exploited with the miss pass.