A stationary defender will invariably lose the battle of the gain line. However, this defender can stop a powerful ball carrier who’s running directly at him by soaking up the force with a wrap tackle. Here’s how... MORE
Take, step, fend, offload
Quick ball manipulation allows players to keep the ball free in contact. Then, they can offload it to support players, who are confident they can take a pass from the ball carrier. If the ball carrier half breaks a tackle, he is in a position to offload. Support runners need to run the right lines to support this pass. He also needs to fend off with his inside arm to free up the outside arm.
- A feeder passes to a receiver who transfers the ball to his outside arm.
- He then attacks the ruck pad holder in front of him and steps out between two pads.
- He then offloads the ball with a cat-flap pass to his support player.
- The support player runs out and then in to be able to take the pass.
- Develop by indicating that the support player must hold his run, making the ball carrier go to ground rather than force an offload.
- Further develop by using tackle suits or leg tackles with no pads.
- Step before contact.
- Move ball to outside arm before contact.
- Inside fend, outside offload.
- Support player: Call for the ball.