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Second man in

The second player in support of the ball carrier needs to work out how to support the tackle contest. This session explores a range of situations, all based on the principle of going forward whenever possible. By Dan Cottrell

  1. Put three attackers and three defenders in position, with one defender on their knees opposite the ball carrier.

  1. On your command, the ball carrier runs at the kneeling defender and offloads to the attacker behind him
  2. The defenders come into defend, with the defender at the side running to the end of the box first
  3. The other attackers support

  1. The attack aim is to score at the end of the channel. The defence can use scrag or full tackles

SET UP

Cones and a ball

HOW TO DO IT

  • Line up three attackers and three defenders as in the top picture.
  • Make one attacker run through and be tackled by a kneeling defender. He offloads the ball if he can to the first support player.
  • In the meantime, the defender directly behind the tackle waits inside his box before tackling the support runner if he can.
  • The defender facing the second support runner runs behind the box and into the channel to defend.
  • The second support runner helps the first support runner as they aim to score over the far end of the channel. Use scrag or full tackling.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • Make the box larger.
  • Start the second support player from different positions.
  • Have the second defender (just behind the tackle), come forward as soon as the ball carrier moves forward.
  • Have both support players start together.

TECHNIQUE

  • Don’t get too close to the tackled player, but anticipate where the first support runner might go.
  • Keep calling as you approach the tackle contest, so the ball carrier knows where you are and has confidence to use you if you are needed.
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