There are, of course, a number of pre requisite inclusions for an effective counter attack movement in rugby.
The clip below will highlight the importance of committed support, that enables attacking pressure (and options) to be sustained beyond the first ruck after receiving the ball.
In particular observe the following:
* The speed & urgency at which the counter attacking team mates work to get back ‘behind the ball’ to play a role. You have a role to play, even off the ball!
* The 12 is a standout here, and ends up with some good carry metres taking the ball into contact, with momentum.
* Look where the first ruck is after originally taking possession (receiving the kick).
* The speed of service from the 9 at the first ruck, making defensive re alignment difficult.
* The change of direction of play by the 9 at the second ruck.
* For the final exchange of passes before scoring, look at the attacking players ‘lining up’.
This committed support provides necessary options, and undoubtedly commits or holds defenders.
You can also see in this example, that if everybody works to support, you can out number the defence, even when it appears there is no space to work in.
It’s funny isn’t it. Committed support, doesn’t take talent to execute. Just old fashioned effort and communication.
Yet, this is often the reason many counter attacking movements breakdown early. Your job as a coach is to find ways to teach your players the value of this in your team practice.
I guarantee, you’ll be glad you did!
By Stuart Lierich