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
Whistle for defence
Get your outnumbered tacklers working under non-stop pressure to see how their tackling technique and communication skills hold up as they get more and more tired.
A 30x15m channel with six attackers at each end (A and B). Place yellow cones on halfway alongside three defenders (picture 1).
On your whistle, defenders run around yellow cones with the front player running across the channel to the far cone. At the same time, team A advances and looks to score a try in a set time (picture 2)
After a try/tackle, you blow your whistle again. The defenders run around the yellow cones again and this time team B attacks.
The game continues until the defence stops performing effectively – in essence, fatiguing them until they begin to fail. Then change the defenders
Teams of three defenders see who have the least tries scored against them in a set time (you set the time based on the fitness of your players).
“Tell each other which player you will tackle.”
“Can you make tackles when tired?”
The best defenders are vulnerable when tired. This game allows you to see your players work under pressure in defence while becoming more fatigued as the cycles continue.