Create low-impact tackle situations where the defender has to move into position without much time to think. A sharp response and accurate technique are called for in this defence activity. MORE
Introduction to tackling: Tackling corners
Use this exercise after learning some tackle techniques to improve the defender’s awareness and resilience in making tackles. There will be misses, nearly tackles and good tackles. Low impact and fun, it’s aimed at younger players, but you can certainly use it with all ages.
- Put a tackler in the middle of 6m box (expand to suit your players). Put an attacker on each corner.
- Throw a ball to one of the attackers and they have to run to the opposite corner to put the ball on the cone, while the defender aims to tackle them.
- Once the tackle is made, or a try is scored, wait for the players to recover and then go again.
- Repeat for 30 seconds or four other tackles.
- Swap players.
- Note that the players around the edge will need to move out of the way! That keeps them engaged and very much part of the exercise, rather waiting in lines. It also creates a sense of an audience or theatre.
The attacker aims to get to the middle of one of the opposite lines, giving them a wider target, however probably forcing a side-on tackle.
- Use a boxer stance.
- Focus on getting the shoulder into the shorts.
- Tight grip
Here are some more exercises to use for tackling confidence and technique.