Shuffling and cross-over steps are essential skills for a defender to react to a change of direction of an attacker. Work on these in the development of your players’ tackling progression. MORE
Offloading options to keep the ball alive
Offload the ball away from the tackle, before completely falling to the ground, can keep your team moving forward and score more tries. Work on the support lines as well as the pass.
Mess up the players running lines to make them work hard to be in position to give and take offloads from the tackle.
- Each player in a group is named either blue, white and red.
- The red players start with the ball.
- The ball carriers jog over the cones of their colour.
- At random intervals, you call the next colour in sequence.
- The ball carrier drops to ground, offloading to the player who is the next colour called.
- The new ball carrier then attacks his own coloured cone.
- Once this is understood, you call colours randomly having removed all the coloured cones. Support players must now also react smartly.
- Play a small-sided game in a 10m square with no rucks or mauls.
- Offloads must be made before the ball carrier is held up or makes full contact (that is landing on his shoulders) with the ground.
- Failure is a turnover.
- Passes made before the ball carrier hits the ground.
- Communication by supporters.
- 1-2m depth by supporters.