This session works on players reading the situation and not being afraid to give up ground as long as the tackle is made. Sometimes the tackler needs to accept that he cannot “win” the contact, but still needs to bring the ball carrier to ground effectively. MORE
Encourage support players to be ready to follow the ball carrier through the line break, either to take an offload or if there is a clean break, ready to take the next pass.
Line breaks can be anywhere along the defensive line. Create scenarios for the players to react and support.
- Put four ruck-pad holders about 10m away from two lines of three attackers.
- Put a feeder to the side of the attackers and a ruck-pad holder about 10m behind the line of pad holders.
- Have the ball fed into the attackers who aim to break through the ruck pads. If a player takes a heavy impact from a pad, he offloads. If not, he passes soon after the break, with the attack looking to fix the final ruck-pad holder to score.
- Set up four defenders and six attackers as in the picture above. Arrange the defenders in different combinations across the cones (tight, spread, all to one edge and so on).
- Using full tackling, the attackers have to score at the far end without resorting to a ruck or maul.
- Ball carrier: attack the tackle line hard. If you half break look for an offload. If you fully line break, look to pass early because you are the focus.
- Support players: offer options, either running in behind the ball carrier or running angles flat to the ball carrier.
- Keep in the game by running in and then away from the ball carrier and potential line breaks – you need to offer alternatives.