Coaching to the Line Break

The goal of my phase play used to be to achieve one of two things: look to gain 2meters, and/or look to present a 2 second recycle.

However doing this over and over again would take 25 phases to get us from the halfway to the try line. Not many teams go more than 5 phases before losing possession.

So now, the better goal of our attacking phase play is to break the line.
We still want to create either a back foot defense (through the 2meter gain) or a inattentive defense (through the 2second recycle) that we can exploit, but they are not the goal, just the tools to achieve the goal.

The line break is our goal.

Not many teams coach to the line break.
They coach as if it is going to take them 25 phases of grinding.
And so when the players actually do make a linebreak, no one knows how to finish it off!

We had to change our whole philosophy of attack to coach our team with the goal of setting up a line break within 3 to 5 phases.
And then once they make that line break, they have a job to do! Finish it off!

We found that the normal passing drills that we had grown up on had made us lazy in the most crucial part of attack; the support runner’s line.

We would watch New Zealand players make line breaks and then ALWAYS find the pass back inside to the support runner.
They were coached to run that line! There had to be a drill to practice that line!

We use a 2v1progressing into a 3v2 drill.
We add 2 sweepers into the drill behind the defenders, this forces the 1st ball passer to follow through and receive the offload, and the 2nd ball passer to then follow through and receive the next offload.


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