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5 ways to quickly and effectively improve your teams attack!

Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

5 ways to quickly and effectively improve your teams attack! 

  1. Ensure that players are working into space – through contact

 A key to good attack is good quick front foot ball. If we can manage to dominate the contact area, not necessarily by brute force, but by playing smart, attacking the right areas of the defensive line, and manipulating players to create more space. A half gap is all a players needs to get good front foot ball. Using evasive skills to work into space will ensure that players get past the tackle line. I say tackle line because it is different from the gain line. Everyone is obsessed with gain line attack and “getting over the gain line”, all you need is to get past the tackle line, not break it, just force the pressing defenders to have to stop and backtrack slightly.It is in this backtrack motion that we need a quick ball off the ground, and players in good positions to take it to the line. Once this tackle line is in backward motion, attackers have more space and time to manipulate it, and cracks start to form in the defensive structure of a team. 

  1. Ensure that your scrumhalf clears the ball at an exceptionally fast rate

The scrumhalf is at the heart of your quick ball after you have worked into space and past the tackle line. He is the sole provider of good quick ball! His pass must be his greatest asset, and a keen eye for a slow setting ruck defense, to snipe and create gain line momentum.The decision making process starts with your 9, and he needs to be aware what is going on around him and his opposition defense, and in behind the defensive line. Grubbers and chips are vital skills used to keep the defense guessing, thus creating more doubt and more cracks in the defensive system! 

  1. Let decision makers play 1st receiver

Your 1st receiver must be a decision maker, and a distributor, he needs to be able to create an opportunity, either for himself by using his support runners, or for his support by attacking the defensive line and trying to create mismatches and half gaps.Having 2 1st receivers either side of the breakdown further confuses the defense, then it is up to you to ensure that your team makes the right decision on attack! 

  1. Have depth and Angles present in your attack

The only way to pull defensive players out of position laterally and horizontally, is by playing with depth and angles of run, if you run into space, defense must make a decision, either to move and cover the space, or leave it open for someone else to react and cover, either way a well committed run with a decent angle into space should draw at least 1 defender. This should at worst create an opportunity for you as a player to use your evasive skills to get into some sort of space and create momentum through the tackle line, either for an offload or some form of quick ball to launch attack from again. 

  1. Constantly ask questions

Be creative and think out of the box. Don’t follow what you see on TV or read in books, write your own script. Just ensure that whatever you do is to the level of your teams ability, don’t complicate thing to the point of confusion. Remember that all attack is based on the manipulation of defenders by working into space, either with or without the ball. This manipulation comes at the hand of skill, skill in catching and passing, skill in running, skill in the art of deception!

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