Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it's much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground. MORE
Attack the outside edge
If their open-side wing holds back for the kick, he’s often detached from his outside centre. Use this session to fix the centre and give your wing a good chance to beat his opposite number.
It will help you exploit a situation where you’ve isolated their 13 and created a disconnection between him and the wing.
- Set up a 4 v 3 as above.
- The feeder is static and has a defender starting 5m inside him.
- The receiver starts inside the box, with a defender on the edge of the box 15m away.
- The last defender (a wing) comes from around the end line.
- The receiver aims to fix or get between the two outside defenders and release his wing.
- He also has the option of a support player behind him to pass to.
- The attacker must run at pace or he’ll be cut off by the defender who starts near the feeder.
- Use either full or grab tackles.
- Develop by widening the box, with the extra attacker now in the line.
- An extra defender acts as a full back.
- Work from both sides of the field.
- Stress the middle defender by attacking him at pace.
- Give the wing plenty of time to beat his opponent.