Tackling in pairs helps players work together to bring down the ball carrier, and gives weaker players the confidence to make a contribution in the tackle. 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.