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Pass ‘N’ Score – SSG

This pass and score game is really adaptable as it allows your players to practice their handling skills whilst being challenged under preassure. It also makes them play with their heads up and react to situations that are ever evolving.

If you are practicing handling around the body and round legs to test grip etc I suspect most will have done it with the players in lines racing each other to a cone and back practicing the skill. It works but isn't very game related.

Dammy half pass

The ‘Ruck’ is the centre of the universe!

Well it is probably the most important area of the Rugby Pitch that is for sure! Everything starts around the ruck, floor work and marker work followed by ruck plays and dummy half passing. If your hooker gets this pass wrong then inverably you turn the ball over and end up defending another set.

The following drills give you a lot of variation on passing off the floor to targets at different distances.



The first part of the technique teaches the players how to pass the ball quickly and accuratley straight off the floor.

The first thing to teach your players is how to pick or scoop the ball up in the correct position for a quick pass. The player should always take their lead hand over the top of the ball and drag it back towards them and into the other hand (A slip doing it the other way could result in a knock on) as this minimises the chance of a knock on.

Next you want your players to put the lead foot at the side of the ball with their back foot behind it pointing in the direction of the man to which they are passing and finally sit to pick up the ball rather than bending at the waist.

The players perform a 6 o’clock pass off the floor to the receiver before advancing through the drill where each pass becomes longer.

You are looking as a coach for good flight of the ball (As little tumbling as possible), correctly weighted passes and them hitting the targets.

Advance One

You can change the drill so that the pass is a spin pass for each one or short passes for the first couple and then spin passes for the others so that the players work on choosing the correct type of pass at the correct time.

Advance Two

Double up the number of balls so the the player is passing to both sides using the same technique.

Advance Three

Place the balls at different distances so that the first pass is 8 meters and the 2nd 3 with the 3d 6 meters etc and challenge the players to use the correct passing techniqe dependent on the distance of the pass and also weight the pass correctly.

Another Drill

This drill practices the same techniques as above but adds pace into the equation and forces the player to look up and see where they are passing and weight accordingly.

For this drill you need 3 players, a tackle sheild and 10 balls


Set out the drill the same as the image below, The player runs around the tackle bag at pace and passes to receivers who are static. To advance the drill, have the receivers change their distance from the ball for each pass so that the passer has to look up and weight the pass correctly.



playing into space small sided game for rugby league

Playing into Space – SSG

How to play the game:

Blues are attacking players, Orange are defending players, Red are coach positions and light blue are cones that show the retreating player where to go back too.

The players in defense are numbered according to the side the coach is feeding the ball in from so closest is one to five furthest away.

Playing into gaps drill, advancement and small sided game

Do your players struggle to recognise gaps?

Are they struggling with handling to get the ball to a gap?

Struggling to get them to run good lines into space?

Want to work on push once an attacker has broken the line?

This drill which you can advance to include a full back for push through the line and finally into a small sided game will give you a way to work on those specific items plus more and it also allows you to challenge even more advanced players.

This one is a PDF that you can download, print out and take to the session with you including all the key coaching points etc.

Please let me know if it works for you and if you advance it even further or have similar drills that you use then we can include them on any update.

Finding the space session plan can be downloaded by clicking the link.

One Defender, 2 Defender defence drill


This defensive drill works on a number of  the core defensive skills as well as getting your defenders working together as  part of a defensive unit. This drill will also work on player fitness when done  continually for a set number of minutes. Communication in this one is a must to get the line pushing together.


This is a drill that can de carried out in  a really confined space with anything from 4 to 8 or 10 defenders depending on  the number of tackle shields you have available.