Make players more aware of how and when to counter ruck. MORE
Work on what the tackler and tackled player do immediately after the tackle. Quick thinking players can create turnovers or prevent turnovers by their actions.
This simple exercise can be built up over the season and aid basic tackle and post tackle skills.
- Put a tackler and two ball carriers in the middle of two cones which are 5 to 10m apart.
- Make the tackler hold onto the shorts or shirt of both carriers.
- Shout out which ball carrier to move, and he then walks, jogs or runs to the cone in front of him. The other ball carrier runs to his cone, puts the ball down and turns to run back to support his player.
- The other ball carrier runs to his cone, puts the ball down and turns to run back to support his player.
- In the meantime, a tackle is made and the tackler aims to get up and challenge for the ball.
- Split into pairs. One player from each pair is an attacker in each box. The other pair are defenders and stand 1m away from the attacker.
- Give the attacker 10 seconds to score a try. If he is tackled, the defender has a chance to turnover the ball and score at the far end (the attacker cannot try to tackle him).
- Run both boxes at once. Give a point for a try, two points for a turnover try, no points for any other outcome.
- Tackler: force the ball carrier to ground, then get up to your feet to compete for the ball.
- Ball carrier: fight to stay on your feet, and then fight to place the ball back to your team mates.