EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Cure a leaky defence

Already leaked more tries than you expected this season. Here’s some cures to shore up your defensive line, which concentrate on technique, skills and organisation. Remind your players of what they do well and then help them to address their weaknesses.

Tackle mania is a fairly intense work out which gives a defender three different tackles in a short space of time. You can easily adapt it to change the intensity, and is ideal as a breakout or skills zone type activity.

Then, take this further by introducing the idea of working as a small team of tacklers in a Gang of three. Initially, you will develop the players’ footwork before bring them together in a game-like scenario.

Another way of doing this is through our practice plan, Tackling Corners. Here the players move into position to make a tackle, as they might in a game, often arriving at an angle before looking up to identify the threats.

Finally, you can create more decision-making as a group with Dizzy Defence. The players will need to communicate quickly who needs to cover who before getting into position to activate a strong defence.

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