If you are able to train, then you will be aiming to improve your players’ skills and tactical appreciation around specific areas of the game. If you are in lockdown, it’s a chance to hone your session planning in readiness for your return. MORE
Bounce out tacklers
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.