I coach boys ages 14-18, they have the skills and ability...but so often they play like scared kittens. How can I build fire and desire in my players? MORE
Drive, chase, tackle
There are times when players have to follow up a tackle with another tackle. This game teaches players correct driving contact technique while also working on try-saving tackle skills.
Six 1m coned gates 15m from a small square containing an attacker. The attacker is protected by a tackle shield holder. A defender starts 5m from the attacker (picture 1).
You shout “Go!” and the shield carrier edges towards the defender who responds by driving him backwards. You then shout a number – this is the gate the ball carrier runs to (picture 2).
The defender breaks away from the shield and chases down the ball carrier before he enters the gate.
Have lines of players waiting to act as teams of attackers and defenders.
- The defence scores a point for a successful tackle after a correct hit on the shield.
- The attack scores a point for every gate reached. Every player attacks and defends. Add team scores together to find a winner.
“Shoulder parallel with the sidelines when hitting the shield – wrap arms and drive through to bring attacker to the ground.”
This game shows players need to make themselves available as soon as possible after a contact situation to make an essential tackle.