Help players practise the risk and reward elements of attempting to turnover the ball in the tackle area. It starts with good tackling and then decisions on whether to compete for the ball. If the ball carrier is momentarily isolated, support players need to react quickly to secure the ball. MORE
Use boxing style footwork and arm movements to improve your players’ tackling. They should be end up in better positions to complete tackles.
- Put pairs of the players inside the box. Give one player in each pair a ball (or a cone to carry in two hands). Have the ball carrying player bob around in the box, with their partner shadowing them in a boxer stance.
- When you shout “tackle”, the ball carrier plants their feet. The non-ball carrier then drives their shoulder into the side of the ball carrier and grabs the ball carrier.
- Keep swapping roles.
“Sting like a bee”
The players stay light on their feet, keep their arms active before “punching” like a jab towards the ball carrier, their arms going to the side, their shoulder engaging and their head going into the side of the ball carrier.
- Put the pairs into their own boxes. Have the ball carrier run between the two end cones, with the tackler shadowing in the middle of the box.
- When you shout “go”, the ball carrier runs forward, aiming to get over to the far end. The defender aims to tackle them to ground.
- Play 2 v 3. Have two attackers aim to score at the far end. One of the defenders can move between the two boxes, whilst the other two defenders have to stay in their halves of the box (so there can only be two defenders at any one time in the same half as the ball carrier).
- Rotate one attacker and one defender after each attempt. Use full contact.
- Step into the tackle.
- Once you have “punched” – grip and squeeze with the arms.