Match-time tackling can be 1 v 1, but often it’s a team effort, especially for younger players. Use this simple activity to build confidence, communication and tackle technique.
Though it may be that the better tacklers seem to make more tackles in this exercise to begin with, the ball carrier will start to aim for the weaker ones. Now we have ball carriers decision-making and all the players having to get involved.
A group of four players run and pass between each other inside the box.
When you shout “hot ball”, the current ball carrier runs to the middle cone of one end, puts down the ball, then to another cone, before picking up the ball to run to the other end.
In the meantime, the three attackers run to the spare cones at the other end, before turning to defend.
Use full tackling.
Develop by nominating which players must always go to a corner cone if they are defending. This will be the stronger tacklers.
You may notice weaker players passing as you shout “hot ball”, so call it as they are about to catch it, not after.
Close down the space quickly.
Eyes open and low into the tackle.
Grip hard and wait for support if you can’t bring down the player.
Eamonn Hogan chats with World Cup winning Graham Smith about the modern scrum. Graham, who is a level 5 coach, coached England Women to a World Cup in 2014 and six Grand Slams. He has coached with the Worcester Academy, CN Poble Nou in Spain, Stoke and Moseley RFC. Graham and Eamonn cover the following... MORE
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