EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Tag skeet

Improve the evasive skills of attackers and defensive footwork of taggers in this “shooting” game. The ball carriers are the skeets, and the defenders are the shooters.

  1. Put three defenders on the side of the pitch, each with a number
  2. Put three attackers in a line with a ball each

  1. ŽCall out each defender, sometimes just one of them, sometimes, one after another
  2. At the same time as you call a number, all the attackers race out

  1. Call the defenders out in any order
  2. The attackers aim to make it to the far end without being tagged

 

CHALLENGE

Beat the shot, avoid the traffic, capture the skeet!

HOW TO DO IT

  • Put a line of three ball carriers in the middle of one end of a 10m box.
  • Put three defenders along the side of the box, about 2m apart, numbered one to three.
  • Shout out a number and that defender runs into the box to make a tag.
  • At the same time, the attackers run forward to score at the far end.
  • The defender aims to tag one of the ball carriers.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • Call out more than one defender at a time.
  • Make the box bigger.
  • Try releasing just one attacker.
  • Release one attacker and a support player. The attacker can pass to if they are tagged, or even before they are tagged.

TECHNIQUE

  • The defender needs to get close to the ball carrier to make the tag.
  • The defender needs to focus on the hips of the ball carrier.
  • When working with the other players, they should communicate who they are covering.
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