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 in pairs
Double up in attack to draw in defenders or create space. This increases the ball carrying, offloading and technical skills of young players in a simple but effective way. Encouraging a player to run with the ball carrier to offer support not only puts an end to isolated attackers also but teaches that a support runner can benefit from being in the right place at the right time by scoring a try.
- Two attackers (A1 and A2) stand one behind the other. Two defenders (D1 and D2) stand side by side. This allows the attack two options.
- Ask A1 to attack between D1 and D2 but closer to the edge of D1.
- A2 then goes for the space either side of A1 depending on the actions of D2 and takes a pass.
- Ask A1 to attack one of the defenders, stay on his feet but keep the ball away from the defenders.
- Instead of driving onto A1, A2 attacks D2 and drives him away allowing A1 to pump his legs and free his hands for a possible offload.
- Ball carrier works hard to keep going forward.
- Hold the ball in both hands, close to the body, hips forward.
- Second attacker: Only move when you can see what is happening.