Do you have a breakdown policy? If not, you should. A policy helps guide players' actions at the breakdown. Alongside accurate skill execution, it can help to win the race to the space over the ball after a tackle. MORE
Develop your players’ skills around the tackle area so they can retain possession if there’s no chance to offload the ball. It requires accurate execution and you have a chance to observe whether your players can achieve this.
Players react quickly to a tackle to protect the tackled player against the first threat. It focuses on the first support player being the player who last passed the ball.
- Put three players (A, B and C) with the ball at one end of the channel.
- Get them to walk up the channel, passing to each other in rotation.
- When you shout “tackle”, the ball carrier passes to the next player. That player goes to ground and presents the ball.
- The non-passer runs around and comes in to challenge for the ball on the ground as an opponent. In the meantime, the last passer gets over the ball to protect it.
- Once you feel the ball has been won or lost, you shout “break” and the next three players come forward
- Add two players, who run down either side of the box. When you shout “tackle”, one runs in to make the tackle, while the other challenges for the ball.
- The ball carrier takes the tackle, with the other two players protecting the “tackle ball”.
- A long, pencil placement from the tackled player.
- The supporting player coming square into the tackle situation and going over the ball.
- The challenging player getting his hands over the ball if he can.