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Quick feet, head in | Great for developing tacklers

Players may need to react quickly to decide who and how to tackle. Get them switched on with this drill, which teaches them to put their head in the right place when making tackles – on both sides.

First, the tackler should get his head behind or to the side of the ball carrier. Then, it needs to be tight in – and that can only happen if the tackler uses the correct shoulder to make the tackle.

  1. Put a tackler in the middle of the box and two attackers just in front of him but on each edge.
  2. A feeder stands behind the tackler at the other end.
  3. The feeder passes to one of the attackers, who moves towards the corner in front of him.

  1. The feeder passes to one of the attackers, who moves towards the corner in front of him.
  2. The tackler must get his head onto the shorts of the ball carrier.
  3. Increase the intensity by progressively getting the tackler to grip the ball carrier, drive him out of the box and, finally, make a full tackle.
  4. Run this for at least four tackles before rotating.

  1. Next, put a ball carrier and tackler side by side.
  2. On “go”, the carrier runs around one of the side cones and the far cone before aiming to get back between the side cones.
  3. The tackler runs to the back cone behind him, then around the same side cone (as the attacker chose) before making a side-on tackle.

TECHNIQUE

  • Head behind shorts.
  • Feet close to ball carrier.
  • Put shoulder into the legs.
  • Quick feet and then in.
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