Make sure your players enter the breakdown legally – by getting tough through the tackle gate. This will also mean they’ll arrive square and in a better position to drive over the ball and win it. MORE
Move and tackle together
All defensive patterns require strong communication and an ability to work together as a line. Use this folding defence activity to get groups of players filling in and coming forward to tackle side-on.
It will help three or more players become actively involved in the tackle process while also developing communication skills.
- Put a defender at one end of the Z-shaped cone pattern and an attacker in front of the middle of the end cones.
- Put at least three of these together in a line . On “go”, the defender goes sideways and then forwards quickly.
- When he reaches the cone in front of him, the attacker moves forward and the defender makes a side-on tackle.
- Swap the attacker and defender and repeat.
- Then shift cones, so players are working from the other side.
- Develop with an overload game of 3 defenders v 5 attackers, with the defenders running into the box from the side.
- As they do this, the attack moves forward on your command.
- Starting the defenders from the side allows more side-on tackles to occur.
- By using different-coloured cones, you can alter the entry points of defenders to vary the difficulty of achieving tackles against an attack.
- Move forward together.
- Keep communicating that you’re in position.
- Side-on tackle – head behind the shorts, tight grip, drive the feet.