Playing Philosophy

Control the ball, control the game!

Control through Possession 

In simple terms, we aim to play rugby with the ball. When we have it, we will look to attack space and score tries that will involve the whole team. When we don’t have it, we will endeavour to get it back as soon as possible.  Controlling possession and pressuring the opposition when they have it will allow us to compete with anyone. This will form both the basis of our attacking strategy and defensive systems.

  • Against weaker teams it will allow us to dominate
  • Against similar teams it will enable us to outmanoeuvre them
  • Against stronger teams it will allow us to slow them down and level the playing field

We aim to play attractive, high tempo, attacking, 15 man rugby which will allow us to manipulate opposition defences and prevent them from attacking our ‘Blue Wall’.

  • Against weaker and similar teams - let them chase shadows!
  • Against stronger teams – starve them of opportunities to hurt us!


Hunt as a group to regain possession

To supplement this approach to controlling possession it is important that we adopt a high pressure attack when we don’t have the ball.  We will look to close down space and force errors.  Our technique in the contact area must be effective and physical and we will look to be particularly competitive in both the tackle area and breakdown.

Coaches are King!

Focus Areas

We will look to focus on developing and harnessing the skills necessary to:

  • Attack – We will strive to be positive and attack the game in all facets of play, whether we have the ball or not!
  • Generate Quick Ball – Ball Presentation, Clear Out, Shape of attack
  • Develop Speed of thought – Make the right decisions, quickly
  • Develop Speed of Movement – Get in position, work hard, make a difference
  • Develop Physicality– Be physical and safe in contact and technically effective in every collision
  • Make the Extra Pass – Play in space and have the confidence to make the extra pass
  • Cultivate Game awareness –
    • Ball: where is it, who has it and what can they do with it?
    • Teammates: where are they, normally guided by team formation, and what are they doing?
    • Opponents: where are they and what are they doing?
    • Area of Play: attacking third, defensive third or middle third?
    • State of Play: Score line and Time!

Kaleem B 2015 

Better coaches help to encourage and nurture better players!

Better players lead to improved performance!

Better performance ultimately will lead to better results!