Use these two exercises to develop and progress your players' handling skills when they are facing a drift defence. MORE
VIDEO: Double duel 1 v 1+1 (crowd-coaching)
In this activity, the attacker aims to manipulate the defence, beating the ruck pad holder, then the next defender. The defender has a good chance to tackle the attacker, who should be off-balance.
I sent this out to a number of different coaches to try it. Below the activity are their ideas to improve, or add to the exercise. Hence, I’ve called this crowd-coaching.
Many thanks to Myles Rutherford, who’s director of rugby at West Park Leeds RFC for his video clip. It was taken before training formally started. Therefore it’s touch tackling.
- The ball carrier moves side to side, and can move forward or backwards within the box.
- The ruck holder mirrors the ball carrier’s movements.
- Another defender has to be touching the pad player all the time.
- On “GO”, the ball carrier aims to score at far end.
- The pad holder aims to touch or bump the ball carrier in pad touch zone, which is the area in front of the pad holder.
- The defender makes tackle in tackle zone if possible.
- Allow grab tackles.
- The ball carrier can kick.
- The ball carrier can start anywhere in their half of the box.
SUGGESTIONS AND FEEDBACK
- They found it difficult to move forward with pad.
- The pad holder recognised they needed to mirror the attacker better as he would get away from them otherwise
- The second defender collision height was high as they felt they couldn’t get in close.
- There was no initial communication from the defenders, but once this was identified and amended, the second man worked more efficiently.
Myles suggested adding more players for tackle-jackle scenarios. He also felt it would well for practising side-on tackles.
From Graham McGoun, who coaches U14s.
- I set up the drill in two zones in the dead ball area on our training pitch, as it gives you two natural touch lines.
- It worked very well in terms of ball carrier protecting the ball (which I made the target for the pad man) and the defenders working as a pair.
- If the pad man hit the ball, the attacker was tackled.
- Great drill that you could easily add another attacker. Our U14s really enjoyed it and the coaches thought it was good too.
From Jon Long, also an U14s coach.
- Used the area between 5m-try line-dead ball line to save set up.
- It was good for close footwork.