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
VIDEO: Rear tackle
This session works on bringing down a player from behind and covering back to make a tackle.
Warm-up: Play a game called “truck and trailer”.
- Split your players into pairs, each pair with a ball.
- One player without a ball runs away from the other, who has to try to touch them on the shorts with the ball.
Main practice: In a 3 metre channel, 10 metres long, stand a pair of players back to back in the middle.
- You stand outside the channel.
- You pass a ball to one player and shout “GO”.
- The ball carrier jogs towards the line, the other chases and tackles.
- Allow the ball carrier to run faster.
- Change the starting distances between the players.
- Play the “balloon burst” game.
- In 20 metre square box, two defenders stand on an edge facing into the box.
- Two attackers jog around five metres away from the edge that the defenders are standing on.
- You stand behind the two defenders.
- You throw a ball into the box towards an attacker.
- Once it passes over the defenders, their balloon is burst and they chase the attackers, who have to score over the line at the far end.
- Adjust the height of the throw and then length of the box according your players’ ability.
- Aim to tackle the ball carrier by putting your shoulder into the back of their shorts.
- Then slide and wrap your arms around their legs and pull tight.