There is a lifecycle to a tackle that starts with the contact point and ends when the ball is either recycled or turned over. Concentrate on this philosophy to improve tackle outcomes. MORE
Players need to position themselves outside their intended target to make sure they come from out to in on the “blitz”. This session works on alignment to blitz as pairs and threes and then how backs and forwards connect in defence.
Warm up time: 5-7
Session time: 8-10
Development time: 10-15
Game time: 15-20
Warm down time: 5-8
The most important elements of the session for me are:
Set up three attackers and a feeder in a 10m square divided into four, with one attacker in each box and an attacker behind them. Put a defender on the inside corner of each box (see picture 1).
When you say:”GO”, the defenders run to the other corner before the ball is then released to the attackers. Defenders cut down the space for attackers who aim to get the ball to the spare player. Use touch tackling with two hands on the chest of the ball carrier.
Increase the playing area to 15m x 10m, add another box, defender and attacker (see picture 2).
Play as before and concentrate on the wider blitz.
Put three defending forwards on one side of the area and three defending backs on the other side. Put a feeder by one side with five attackers in the front line and two behind (see picture 3).
Defenders run around to form a line. Attackers aim for the “hinge” where the backs and forwards are supposed to connect. The defence aims to blitz the attack.