The low tackle is the best way to neutralise mismatches in size and power. It relies on a tackler closing down space to restrict the attacker’s speed and momentum – use this scoring game to get it right. MORE
Chip, chase, score
Prepare and practice chip kicks for those matches against teams who have outstanding defensive records and difficult-to-beat tacklers.
Your team needs to be able to score in a variety of ways using different methods, as sometimes phase play and handling will only take you so far against a quality defence, especially those that blitz. The chip and chase can be a very useful option.
- Put the players into pairs with a ball between them.
- Play 1v1.
- The attacker runs towards the defender, chips the ball over him and regathers before scoring on the line.
- Then play 2v2, chipping for a team mate to run onto and score.
- Finish with a 6v6 touch game looking to score using the chip.
- Defenders, initially, are not allowed to hang back, allowing a chip kick to be an effective weapon.
- Then allow defenders to stand where they like. Add points for a chip kick to score. However, if the defenders hang back, they leave gaps in the front line.
- Perform this activity at pace as catching the chip at this speed will outpace any defenders who try and turn to get back.
- The kicker looks to see the space behind the defender is free, ensuring he pulls the defence towards him without the kick being charged down