Rugby attack - when you get the ball you must attack and score tries.
Know how you support the ball carrier and create uneven contests.
When you're on the attack
Control the ball
Your team must control the ball - a major part of attack.
You control the ball when you
carry the ball, running or walking - you must be on your feet
Note: You`re allowed to walk but I don`t advise it - if you
find you`re holding the ball GET RUNNING!
hand it to a team-mate (never forwards from your position)
pass it(controlled throw) to a team-mate(again, never forwards)
You may also kick the ball in any direction, including forwards
but doing that will probably
give away control of the ball to the opposition.
Forget about kicking till you know more about how to play.
Support the ball carrier
A good rule of thumb...
Until you are confident you know how to play rugby,
wherever the ball goes when your team has possession
think about being available to support the ball carrier
imagine a line passing through the ball that goes from
one side of the field to the other (like the half way line does)
stay behind or get behind that line and you will be available
to support the ball carrier or receive the ball from a pass or kick
Continually think of your alignment in relation to the ball carrier
and any players in between. Work hard to be avilable when needed.
If you are ahead of the ball carrier when they are ready
to pass, you are unable to support them.
The ball tends to be passed along a line of players. If you are ahead
of a player who may receive the ball before you must get back so you
will be available if they get the ball.
Play may break down, giving the opposition the opportunity to
get possession of the ball.
So, as soon as possible make sure you are available to receive a pass.
Never wait for play to catch up to you. It may not happen.
Run back to a position where you can be useful.
When you do get in position, make sure you have enough room to get upto
speed. If you receive the ball when you are flat footed or stationary
you are much easier to tackle. Receive the ball at speed and
you are difficult to stop.
Some other rules of thumb when carrying the ball in a rugby attack
run straight (parallel with the touch lines) -
this rapidly moves the ball towards the opposition goal-line
run hard - it`s more difficult to stop you!
learn how to sidestep - avoid tacklers, get past players
and through gaps between players
if you can`t beat the opposition players make them commit to tackling you
- so they aren`t available to tackle team-mates you pass to
avoid getting isolated, strength in numbers - remember if tackled you
must let go of the ball. You need support or they get passession.
sidestep - yes it`s here twice! - beating defenders is a vital
part of winning rugby matches
use support players - you`re a team, many hands make light work. Make
tacklers commit to tackling you as you get your pass away, then they can`t
slide over to tackle the pass receiver.
Create uneven contests
The differences in things like
size, strength and endurance
speed, acceleration and athletic ability
vision, knowledge, skill and positional play
between the players in the two teams result in uneven contests.
Players who find themselves facing each other in defence
and attack have varying amounts of all these assets.
Look for these uneven contests or try and create them so you can
a big ball carrier facing a small defender
a fast attacker against a slower defender
a darting, sidestepping player against anyone! (I'm biased!)
a support player running at a good angle into a gap
unequal numbers of attackers v defenders, where passing quickly
and skillfully will create an overlap
Put that together with all the shouting, running, falling, tackling
and pushing and it`s pretty chaotic in a rugby attack.
Use your excellent skills including vision
Keep surveying the whole scene - it`s vital
You must see where everyone is NOW
know where they`re going
know where they`re NOT going!
Train your vision.
One player looking at a group of moving players will see all the players
and keep track of them.
Another player will see all that and something else - all the gaps between
the players. Which one is biggest? Which one is opening? Which is closing?
I imagine it takes a whole lot more processing power. Maybe you have the
capacity and you are able to do it when
your other skills are instinctive because you have practiced enough.
As you attack, your team must
find or create uneven contests and take advantage of them,
break through with the ball and
Make sure you have good skills so
you run, pass and catch well
and you deal well with any situation. You can find more on
this in the skills section of the menu.
When your coach introduces attacking plays
you will find it easy to adapt and do well.
Make yourself INvaluable in attack - make sure you can sidestep