Make this 90-minute session part of your pre-season preparations. It develops your players’ phase play in four clear and easy steps – warm-up, technical skills, unit skills and tactics. MORE
Tackle and alignment circuit
There’s a vast amount of space to defend in sevens – and mistakes are magnified because a missed tackle frequently costs a try. So work on tackle technique and alignment to keep your line intact…
Players should aim to be infallible with their tackle technique, especially from side-on. They must also be ready to slide across the pitch in a defensive line to cover potential overlaps. Again, this drill also benefits 15s players.
- Run a three-exercise circuit
- Box 1: three attackers each hold a tackle tube.
- Put three defenders 5m away and on the inside of the tubes.
- The defenders come forward to make a tackle with their outside shoulder.
- Then they move into the next box.
- Box 2: they again face three attackers, the first one with a ball.
- The defenders advance to meet the attack once the inside attacker starts running.
- They should start on the inside of the player they’re marking.
- The attack can run any move they like.
- Box 3: finally, extend the box width and have five attackers.
- The defenders will have to drift across if the attack decides to pass the ball out.
- Box 1: get the front foot in close, drive the shoulder in and wrap the arms.
- Box 2: keep the shoulders square, and shorten the stride just before the tackle.
- Box 3: communicate to the man outside – make sure the outside players know the inside ball carrier is covered.