The key to good tackling is how players get into position. They start working on this at a very young age in Australia. This is called tracking and is done before any contact is made. MORE
VIDEO: 2 v 1 defence constraint
The Jordanian Sevens team practise a 2 v 1 at the end of their session. They are experimenting with a constraint where the defender isn’t allowed to come further forward than a certain line.
This is a snapshot of the start of their learning process.
The attack win pretty much all of the time.
What can the defender do differently?
In this picture, what is the defender doing?
They have planted their feet and are falling backwards.
What could they have done differently?
In this picture, what is the defender doing now?
Their feet are closer togther, they look balanced.
In the clip (around 0:32s) you will this player almost intercepting.
- Encourage the defender to keep themselves active before the pass.
- Draw the attacker into their space.
- Get between the ball carrier and their support player.
Many thanks to Graeme Forbes, the coach, for sharing this. I sent him the outline for the new drill to try out and he filmed it. If you want to do the same, just drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, note that the lines of players works well for this exercise. If you are challenging the defenders to come up with solutions, by watching their team mates in action, they can look for what works and what doesn’t.