Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it's much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground. MORE
Master the off-balance offload
Develop the ability to pass out of contact by getting your players to offload while they’re off-balance – like they would do in a real tackle situation. Focus on two-handed offloads in this snappy session.
Since most offloads are made off-balance, work on players bouncing forward on one foot. This will help them learn how to manipulate their bodies and hands to pass.
- A feeder passes to another player.
- The receiver hops forward (on same leg) and passes to a support player.
- He should pass within a 4m channel.
- Turn and repeat, this time working on the other foot.
- Swap directions of the passes and then swap personnel.
- Then, in another box, a feeder passes to an attacker who runs out and away from a defender.
- A support player, who starts 3m behind, runs up on his inside.
- The carrier passes inside after contact.
- Make the defender tackle at shorts’ height to start with.
- Finish with groups of three working through a channel, with three defenders spaced evenly along it.
- The attackers use passing, offloads and footwork to get to the end of the channel.
- If a player makes a mistake, his whole group now becomes the defenders.
- Turn shoulders to pass.
- Work to the edges of the defenders.
- Drive through the defenders before you pass.