Improve your players’ understanding of their roles to make sure you can retrieve kicks and attack space when in possession. Play with your Terms and Conditions, not the kicking teams’. When a team kicks into space, the defending team needs to communicate and fan out so it can run back at spaces. MORE
Five part contact session
Use this mix of games and wrestle contests to develop your team’s contact skills. You will become more clinical at the breakdown and create quicker ruck ball.
The role of the first and second player at the tackle area often determines your speed of ball. Win the race and be technically good.
Touch-tackle game 1
When touched the tackled player goes to ground and delivers the ball correctly. This focuses on good ball presentation skills. A poor presentation will lead to an automatic turnover.
1 v 1 ball wrestle
The ball carrier looks to get to ground and deliver the ball correctly whilst the other player tries to prevent this. So, two players wrestle for control of the ball and the winner presents the ball back.
In the following touch game, after the touch, the ball carrier presents on the ground, and a player from each team competes over the ball.
Touch-tackle game 2
A development of the first game. On a touch, a player from either side contests over the ball. Call who wins that contest before the ball is passed away.
2 v 2 ball wrestle
Two players wrestle for the ball, and a second player from each pair lies on their chest behind. They come forward to compete for the ball when it is on ground. 8 v 8 contact area game Bringing these skills together we play a competitive, full-on tackling game.
- Place the ball cleanly towards the try line after the touch/tackle.
- Get low, legal and square over the ball.