Better tacklers read and anticipate the attackers’ movements. Improve your players’ anticipation skills by focusing on the ball carrier’s core. MORE
Use these breakout exercises to focus on handling decision-making before returning the players to a game. Avoid stopping and starting – just let it run to allow the attackers to find solutions.
These exercises focus on the ball carrier engaging the defenders, passing late enough to stress the defence, and the support players reading the attacking intentions of the carrier.
- Three attackers start at any point at one end – the ball is assigned randomly to one of them. They aim to score at the far end
- Three defenders try to stop them using two-handed touch tackling
- If touched, attackers must offload within 1 second
- Five attackers pass the ball between themselves before coming forward
- Three ruck-pad holders stand on the 5m line. They can’t move forward
- On your signal, the attackers come forward, aiming to score at the far end
- The attackers will discover that they need to unwind their move close to the gain line to be effective
- Read the body language of the ball carrier to know where he’s going.
- Don’t pass too early or the defence will shift.
- Stress a defender by running hard at him and changing angles.