This activity works on the ball carrier sprinting for the line while the defender tries to intercept him. Getting to the tackle can be as important as making it. This session is mainly working on chasing tackles, so is quite low impact. MORE
Tackle club triangles
Use this simple and quick to set up exercise as part of your tackling break out groups to work on good technique in a medium impact environment.
Players need to constant exposure to tackling, especially where they have to use footwork to get close to make the best sort of impact.
- Split into threes with a ball and five cones.
- Ask the players to set up a triangle, with one side shorter than the other (show them with your own example).
- Have one player feed an attacker who aims to beat a defender without stepping outside the triangle.
- The attacker starts on the apex of the triangle and the defender at one corner or near the middle.
- You can limit the contact to two-hand touch on the hips, a shoulder contact, a grab tackle or a full tackle.
- Each player rotates and repeats four times before the triangle is adjusted so the tackler will be predominantly working off their other shoulder.
- Make the end wider and start the defender to one side to make sure they use a specified shoulder.
- Change the box as in the picture above.
- Put two attackers one behind the other and two defenders.
- The attackers now aim to score over the far line, once the ball has been fed to them.
- Focus on the hips.
- Come forward and keep moving.