“The supporting player starts in front of the ball carrier, while the defender has his back to the attack. When you shout play, with the supporting player walking forward and the defender out of position, the players will have to think quickly to come up with winning solutions.” MORE
Pass out of the tackle
Learn the skill of offloading out of the tackle in a game-like situation while under pressure. This enhances passing and vision while also teaching the value of support play to team mates.
A 7x5m box next to a 15x10m box. Inside the smaller box, two players hold tackle shields and five players have one ball (picture 1).
The five players jog around the smaller box; when they meet a tackle shield they take contact on their own terms* and pass to a team mate (picture 2).
Continue this until you blow a whistle at which point the shields are dropped and the holders run to defend the try line in the bigger box. The five attackers run to the opposite end to start a 5v2 (picture 3).
- Defenders score two points every time they tackle a ball carrier, attack scores two points for a try and an extra two for passing out of the tackle. Have three goes to see which team wins.
“Ball secure in two hands and close to the body.”
“Take contact on your terms: Side-on, keeping ball away from opponent.”
“Ensure ball is secure, then pass with sympathy.”
“Call for the ball, hands towards the ball and be on the side of the ball that allows ball carrier to make a safe pass.”
Taking contact on your own terms: Manipulate defenders by attacking their edge rather than the middle. In contact, work harder with legs and upper body to make it easier to either offload or present the ball to team mates.