Shuffling and cross-over steps are essential skills for a defender to react to a change of direction of an attacker. Work on these in the development of your players’ tackling progression. MORE
Ball placement and clean-out
Dominating the collision in attack will lead to better ball presentation and increase the of a clean and speedy recycle. Use this exercise to improve – it starts with a cone-flipping race.
Ball carriers must try to boss the contact and place the ball precisely. Support players need to adapt to a changing situation and apply effective clean-out techniques
- Have two teams of five and position Play starts with a race between player 1 in each end box.
- They must each turn over the five cones on the rim of the area. Change the number of cones depending on the amount of fatigue you want to impose.
- After each turnover, they return to the centre area and do a press-up.
- The first player to turn over the fifth cone grabs the ball from the centre area and attacks the far (try) line.
- His opponent becomes the tackler.
- Both are now assisted by support players – you shout out how many supporters (and their numbers) will be allowed .
- For instance, “2 attack supporters, numbers 3 and 5, and one defender, number 3.”
- The aim is to safely recycle the ball as quickly as possible after the tackle is made.
- Develop by changing the box size and adding support players, as well as having mismatches in numbers.
The carrier should consider:
- Agility into contact
- Low body position
- Ball in two hands
- Place the ball back towards your try line, as far as you can reach – both hands on the ball
- Don’t rush the placement