Here is a safe drill, best practised mid-week, which gives the defenders match-like conditions to work on side and front-on low tackles. It focuses on balance, concentration and technique. It’s suitable for all abilities. It’s ideal for large numbers of players.
It concentrates on:
The uncertainty of which shoulder the ball carrier will run at or whether they will run straight at them.
Going forward, well-balanced so prepared to go right or left.
The hip position of the ball carrier for a target for the defender.
Prior to impact, moving forward decisively and executing a dominant tackle.
Control the direction of the ball carriers by pointing.
Ensure all ball carriers move in the same direction.
Keep rotating which players are in front of you, so you can keep analysing the technique and efficiency of every tackle.
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