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. MORE
Two players tackle one ball carrier
10m squares with three / four players in each. One ball in each square.
What you get your players to do
Ask each player to walk through a leg tackle and an upper body ”chest” tackle on the players in his group. Once you are confident they can complete the basics, get the ball carrier to walk towards the defenders. The ball carrier “tucks” the ball into his body as if he was about to take contact. The defender on the side with the ball makes a tackle at chest height “above” or “on” the ball. The defender on the opposite side of the ball hits low and drives the ball carrier backwards or sideways. As the group gets better, increase the pace of the ball carrier.
Defenders to keep balanced and on their toes. Ensure the initial tackle, either low or on the ball, is safe and solid. Too passive can lead to loss of ground.
2 v 2. This allows defenders to look at the ball carrier and decide whether to go in and clamp or stay and defend against the support runner.
This is a very simple activity to begin a process. It can then be part of your defensive system.