Ball carriers have a better chance of beating tacklers if they are going forward and changing their angles. Encourage players to do this, even if they are facing two or more defenders.
Players need the confidence to go forward evasively with the ball. This session introduces the skill and then puts it into pressure situations. Don’t be surprised if the more timid players find it hard to start with. This session might need repetition on a number of occasions.
Put at least two players at one end of the cone set up (see the top picture), and one at the other end.
The first with a ball runs through the cones so he goes outside then inside and then outside.
He then stops and pops the ball up for the next player who runs down the other side of the box in the same fashion.
Make sure they start slowly and then speed up as they become more adept at the skill.
Develop by having a player try to beat two defenders.
He takes a pass before coming forward.
Use cones to mark out target zones to see if he can get beyond certain points.
Use grab or full tackling.
Finally have two players trying to beat three defenders.
The first receiver can either run or run and pass. Allow offloads.
We have plenty of tag resources on this site, and I’m keen to ensure they can easily be upgraded into full sessions. Perhaps they won’t be doing much rucking, but there’s plenty else to learn from tag beginnings. MORE
In essence, I wanted to create defensive games which would force attacking teams to realign with more depth. The rewards were aimed squarely at the defence. If they were successful, they would either gain the ball, or in the case of the overloaded game (where there were more attackers than defenders), they would move over into the attacking team. MORE