Help the second defender at the tackle situation choose whether to make a difference at the tackle or leave it alone to be ready for the next tackle.
Defenders need to trust their team mates to make a tackle. They should only step in if they feel the tackler is beaten or they can create a double tackle that will create a chance for slow ball or a turnover. Any other effort is a waste.
Put two attackers and a feeder (9) at one corner of the box, facing two defenders.
Put another two attackers in the middle, facing another defender.
Have the attackers run into the box and aim to beat the two defenders coming forward.
If they score, then restart the exercise again.
If the ball carrier is tackled, then the other attacker goes over the ball and the feeder (9) passes the ball to the attackers in the next box.
The defenders aim to stop the next attack crossing the gain line (going beyond where the last ruck finished).
Develop by allowing the first pair of defenders to try to steal the ball.
One defender must aim for the ball carrier and the other must trust him – communicate who is covering who.
Only double up if you can drive the ball carrier back. Bounce out of the tackle into the next box quickly.
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