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
Run backline moves in a competitive format to force players to run the correct lines under pressure. It is best run as a unit skills session with the backs.
- Two backlines run a move against each other, with the perceived pressure coming from someone running towards you
- The 9s run around their cones before passing the ball out
- The pre-arranged move has the penetrating runner going through different gaps
One of the defenders is told to do a press up (or more!)
Play with your heads up.
HOW TO DO IT
- Set out two back lines of three or four players, each with a feeder, standing opposite each other.
- Before the back lines play, dictate which “gap” they have to run through, so the penetrating runner is going through a different space to the group opposite.
- Get the feeder to run around a cone before passing to his back line.
- Challenge each team to move the ball over their designated gap before the other.
- Change widths of the attack area, so spaces are smaller.
- Make one group work flatter and the other deeper.
- Make it into a competition – for example, the least amount of dropped balls.
- You need to change perceived pressure into actual pressure. Run a back line move against a defence, say 4v4, with a 9 passing to the first attacker.
- Tell one defender to drop to their front and do one press-up before rejoining the defence.
- The other defenders race up. The attackers run their move, aiming to use the right option to find the gap. If they break, then it is a 2v1.
- Change it to 4v3. Make the defenders spread out with different gaps between them (say 1m and 8m).
- Identify space/gap the move will aim for.
- Execute the move at pace and before the gain line.