Encourage good head position and leg drive in this fun exercise in tackling. It’s low impact and ideal for building confidence with your players. MORE
Even the top teams recognise that they don’t practise side on tackling enough. In this session you can also challenge the players to think of their finishing position first and then work backwards to see why the side on tackle is so effective in winning turnover ball.
Warm up time: 5-7
Session time: 10-15
Development time: 10-15
Game time: 12-15
Warm down time: 5-7
Before you start, walk through the correct technique emphasising the safety point of keeping the head behind the ball carrier. (See the “Technique” picture opposite.)
The tackler starts the main exercise by passing to the attacking player. This attacking player then runs to score in the “scoring zone”. The tackler must get across to make a side on tackle before the try is scored. (See the “Side Impact” picture.)
You can set up three or four work stations next to each other so players work harder.
Add a support player and another defender. The ball carrier can now offload after the tackle and the second defender has to make the next tackle. He can only move once the first tackle has been made.
Four attackers start along the side of a square with four defenders at one corner. The defenders must decide among themselves who is going to tackle who. On “GO” the attackers try to score on the opposite side of the square, the defenders try to stop the attack.
Encourage the defenders to communicate when their man has passed the ball.
Change the sides regularly so players tackle with both shoulders.